Wright house in Phoenix to temporarily halt public tours


PHOENIX (AP) — A Frank Lloyd Wright-designed home in Phoenix will close to the public starting next month.

The David and Gladys Wright House will temporarily cease hosting daily tours and special events after May 7.

Wright’s great-great-granddaughter, Sarah Levi, says the foundation overseeing the home wants to focus on finding organizations to collaborate on preservation and operations plans while awaiting approval of historic-landmark status.

The Phoenix City Council is scheduled to meet Dec. 7 on whether to grant the designation, which would ensure against demolition threats.

The legendary architect built the home for his son and daughter-in-law. Family members sold it in 2008.

It was spared the wrecking ball in 2012 when an attorney and developer bought it.

The house has held tours, workshops and other events for the past year.

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