Frank Lloyd Wright's Final Home On Market in Phoenix
Considered by many to be the greatest American architect, Frank Lloyd Wright left behind the philosophy of “organic architecture” and a collection of structures that have withstood the test of time. His many designs, which include homes, churches, schools, skyscrapers, hotels, and museums, most notably the New York's Guggenheim Museum, can be found all across the nation. That includes Arizona, where some of his final works can be found.
Built in 1937, Taliesin West in Scottsdale was his winter home until his death in 1959 and remains his most famous design in the state. However, there is also the Arizona Biltmore Hotel (1929), the Harold Price House of Paradise Valley (1954), and the Gamma Auditorium in Tempe (1959). In June, The David and Gladys Wright House, which he designed for his son and daughter-in-law in the Arcadia neighborhood, was donated to the School of Architecture at Taliesin West.
The Norman Lykes House in Phoenix was the last house Wright designed before his death. It was built by his apprentice John Rattenbury in 1967. The 3,095-square-foot, circular home is up for sale, asking $3.25 million.
The sellers are the home’s second owners, who purchased it in the 1980s. Since then, they’ve made several changes with help from Rattenbury. He updated the interiors in 1994, downsizing five bedrooms to three bedrooms with a larger master suite.
Seemingly wrapped around the side of a mountainscape, the home boasts curved walls, original furniture, a crescent-shaped pool, and custom built-ins. The unique design also includes circular and semicircular windows as well as other geometric cutouts.
The home’s workshop has been turned into a home theater, per Frank Lloyd Wright Sites. Though technologies have made the home more modern, the futuristic-looking residence maintains much of its originality.