What’s in a name? For these homes, It’s Frank Lloyd Wright

The David and Gladys Wright House. / Bob Hassett/Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty / Forbes

A look at five homes on the market built by the famous architect

By Adrienne Gaffney | The Wall Street Journal

When Kim Bixler was 8, her family moved into a Rochester, N.Y., home built in 1908 by the architect Frank Lloyd Wright. They acquired the property in an unusual deal: The couple swapped their home for the Wright house after seeing it on a tour.

The agreement, negotiated over a dinner, ultimately put a value of about $110,000 on the home, which Ms. Bixler describes as Prairie-style, with an open floor plan, low-pitched roof and prominent eaves.

“It was constant repairs every single day, and we both have full-time jobs,” Ms. Bixler recalled the owners explaining some 42 years ago about why they wanted to move out after two-plus years.

For Ms. Bixler, living in the four-bedroom, 5,540-square-foot home inspired a love of design and instilled in her a lasting reverence for Wright’s work.

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