Even casual fans of Frank Lloyd Wright’s architecture are familiar with the Guggenheim Museum’s spiral ramp, which wraps around a six-story atrium. Wright designed the Guggenheim in 1943, though it didn’t open until 1959, shortly after the architect’s death. But the New York museum’s famous spiral inspired a little-known house that Wright designed for his son David in the Arcadia neighborhood of Phoenix. Preservationists say the house could be torn down if a new buyer isn’t found soon.
“We don’t have a lot of time,” says Janet Halstead, executive director of the Chicago-based Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy, which is devoted to the preservation of Wright’s remaining structures. For 40 years, she says, no Wright structure has been demolished, though several have been lost to fire or weather.