Tour the Home Frank Lloyd Wright Built For His Son

Frank Lloyd Wright changed the landscape of American architecture with his unique designs. He utilized organic architecture, creating buildings that harmonize with their natural environment.

Among Frank Lloyd Wright’s most iconic projects is “Fallingwater” (1935), a home that merges with a waterfall in Pennsylvania. And the Guggenheim Museum in New York City (1959) is known for its distinctive spiral design. Long after his death, Wright’s work continues to influence modern architecture.

The David and Gladys Wright House in Phoenix, Arizona, is an example of Frank Lloyd Wright’s organic architecture. Built in 1952, the home is more than a residence; it’s a gift from a father to his son. The house’s spiral design, inspired by the curves of a seashell, offers incredible views of the desert landscape around it. Its elevated structure captures Wright’s philosophy of blending buildings with their natural surroundings. The home is a warm, personal expression of Wright’s love for his family and his unparalleled creativity.

Today, AD travels to Phoenix, Arizona, to tour the David and Gladys Wright house—the home designed by architect Frank Lloyd Wright for his son. When your father is America’s most celebrated architect, the greatest gift he could give you is a house, and this unique home uses many of the same ideas Lloyd Wright incorporated in the design of the Guggenheim Museum. The spiral structures, often symbolizing the infinite or longevity, are poetic, as David and his wife Gladys lived to be over 100 years old in this house. After many years of neglect and threats of demolition, father-and-daughter duo Bing and Amanda Hu bought the house and have since been on a mission to restore it to its former glory, keeping its legacy alive. Archival Photos Courtesy of Pedro E. Guerrero

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