the david and gladys wright house designed by frank lloyd wright – or spiralling house as it is dubbed for its circular design that cools the house by capturing the wind – has gone on the market for $12.9M. the three-bedroom, four-bath house is an early example of wright’s late-career rounded style, perhaps most famously demonstrated in the guggenheim museum in new york city. 

frank lloyd wright's spiralling house cools the house by capturing the wind david and gladys wright house

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situated in the arcadia neighbourhood of phoenix, arizona, the david and gladys wright house (originally designed and built for the architect’s son david and his wife, gladys) comprises a 2,500-square-foot concrete structure, raised on columns to provide a view of the property’s citrus orchard. it boasts a cantilevered, spiral walkway that wraps itself around a kitchen tower where a secondary ramp connects to the roof terrace. a plunge pool and shaded garden comprise an oasis in the central courtyard.

frank lloyd wright's spiralling house cools the house by capturing the wind david and gladys wright house


concrete-block details and hand-cut philippine mahogany make up the residence that is considered wright’s last residential masterpiece. inside, custom-designed furnishings echo the property’s circular structure, including wright’s signature ‘march balloons’ carpet designed for the living room.

frank lloyd wright's spiralling house cools the house by capturing the wind david and gladys wright house



david and gladys wright lived in the house until their deaths, after which the residence fell into disrepair. in 2012, zach rawling, a las vegas attorney purchased the home, saving it from demolition with plans to restore the building and open it to the public. last year, wright’s 150th birthday, the home was donated to benefit the school of architecture at taliesin to be used as a learning center, and now it is on sale for $12.9M.

frank lloyd wright's spiralling house cools the house by capturing the wind david and gladys wright house

  • Your photographs do no justice to the David and Gladys Wright garden house. The site is currently absent the original landscape designed by David’s brother, the renowned Los Angeles architect Lloyd Wright [Frank Lloyd Wright Jr.]. Without it, the residence is presented as a kind of “nineteenth hole” clubhouse on the edge of an Arcadian north Phoenix golf course [at that, David was a low handicap golfer well into his 80s]. The house is a Frank Lloyd Wright late period GEM. It must be designated as an historic property for the sake of a greater Phoenix. Is Phoenix listening? Will a new owner respond? Welcome it as a testament not only to a famous architect but as a tribute the remarkable couple that built it, David and Gladys Wright.

    spenca says:
  • SPENCA what is even worse than what you are saying is that it’s taliesin that is selling it! As in the article, it was donated to the school, restored, and to be used as a learning centre and now they are selling it. If I was the person who donated it to the school I’d take it back. It’s like giving your kid a car so they can get to school and you find out the next day they are trying to sell the car!

    Jack burrows says:

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