David & Gladys Wright House
The David and Gladys Wright House is a Frank Lloyd Wright residence built in 1952 in the Arcadia neighborhood of Phoenix, Arizona. It has historically been listed with an address of 5212 East Exeter Boulevard, but currently has an entrance on the 4500 block of North Rubicon Avenue.
This 2,500-square-foot concrete house was designed and built for the architect's son David and his wife, Gladys, and is situated among orange groves on a site facing north toward Camelback Mountain. The house has a spiral design, with a long curved entry ramp that anticipates the design of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York. David and Gladys Wright lived in the house until their deaths. David died in 1997 at 102; Gladys in 2008 at the age of 104.
Gladys Wright left the house to granddaughters who sold it. The new buyer in turn sold it to a real estate developer, 8081 Meridian, who planned to demolish the house and develop its 2.2 acre lot. Efforts to protect the building through a heritage designation were begun in August 2012. The house was purchased by a Delaware LLC, and the owner intends to transfer the property to a non-profit foundation, the David and Gladys Wright House Foundation.
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- Maricopa County Assessor Records, State of Arizona Corporation Commission records, Arizona Republic Mar 19, 2013.
- Walkthrough, June 2012