Frank Lloyd Wright Phoenix home given to architecture school

Alvin Kelly
June 9, 2017

The David and Gladys Wright House is considered one of Wright's late career masterworks with a 360-degree view of the surrounding mountains, according to Victor Sidy, the architect in charge of the home's renovation. These sites include: Taliesin West, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, the Darwin Martin House, the Marin County Civic, Center, the Price Tower, the Monona Terrace, and the Rosenbaum House.

The Meyer May home on the southeast side of the Grand Rapids was Wright's first commission in MI.

Theodore Baird, an English professor at Amherst College, commissioned Wright in 1940 to design a new single-family house for him and his family at 38 Shays Street in Amherst.

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On Thursday, Rawling donated the building to the architecture school, where the student body has dwindled in recent years, threatening the financial viability of its operations. Other locations plan to offer open house tours, dinners, and cocktail parties.

Legions of younger architects, at home and overseas, followed in his footsteps, a fact that Wright himself disavowed, writing of the "many little boys who came along helping themselves (gratis) to what had cost a tragic lifetime of superlative effort". Though archicritic Paul Goldberger once said it was "absolutely the wrong building in the wrong place", one thing is for certain: the Guggenheim was, upon its debut in 1959, a revelation, and upended the idea of what a museum could and should look like.

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