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OK, a suit by whom?The threat of a lawsuit led Phoenix leaders to back off a city-initiated plan to designate a Frank Lloyd Wright designed house a historic landmark.
Rawlings' pledge to sue, or the surrounding property owners pledge to sue?For years, council members have delayed acting on the designation, but the ownerâ€™s pledge to sue citing economic harm to his property rights forced a vote Wednesday in the ownerâ€™s favor.
So, has this been an argument over landmark designation of the house and 2.45 AC vs. the house and 5.9 AC? It would seem it has been...Since then, a new owner has bought adjacent properties and asked for 5.9 acres to be granted landmark status. The ownerâ€™s attorney, Michael Kibler told council members their focus on the 2.45 acres has hurt his client.
Which means the house is not protected. If the grand plans never reach fruition, and the house goes on the market, it is unprotected from a developer wanting to divide and McMansion. Isn't job one protect the house? Or, does landmarking 2.45AC preclude the "grand plan" on the assembled 5.9AC?In the end, council members withdrew the proposal and the owner will continue seeking historic status for the 5.9 acres which includes the house.
It sounds like a lot of the Wright folks in the community have faith in Rawlings' intentions. The Foundation is supporting his efforts, Victor Sidy is on board as their new architect, and everyone I've talked to closer to the issue than I believes in what they're trying to do. If they back away from the entertainment venue they were envisioning in favor for restored groves and a preserved house, they have my support. But I await proof ...DRN wrote:Which means the house is not protected. If the grand plans never reach fruition, and the house goes on the market, it is unprotected from a developer wanting to divide and McMansion. Isn't job one protect the house? Or, does landmarking 2.45AC preclude the "grand plan" on the assembled 5.9AC?
Humble student of the Master
"Youth is a circumstance you can't do anything about. The trick is to grow up without getting old." - Frank Lloyd Wright
Angry architects over an AIA award going to non-architects for saving a historic building? Some architects can be pretty catty, but this would be beyond the pale.
Storrer does not date these constructions. But the latter house appears, in brief, in Alan Weintraub's Lloyd Wright monograph:
This house may have disappeared. It's site would seem, from Google maps and views, to have occupied the sand-colored plot seen south of the David Wright house, in this aerial:
Here is what the most recent street view shows, for that site. The rock formations visible in Weintraub's photo of the David Lloyd Wright house can be seen above the white four-door vehicle at left, below:
The entrance to the David Wright house, whose address according to Storrer is 5212 East Exeter, is actually on N Rubicon Ave:
http://davidwrighthouse.org/joint-state ... ociety_103
Whether it is as a single parcel or as the consolidated collection of acquired lots, the house needs to be landmarked SOONER RATHER THAN LATER before itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s ownership changes again.
What is meant by "independence of the school" ? What changed, and what is the school now independent of ? Pardon my ignorance.
"Uncertainty regarding future capital improvements at the House and the long-term cultural development of the site in Phoenix increased this concern." In
terms of "what next," this sentence is perhaps the crux of the statement. It doesn't sound like doom is imminent, rather that a different source of funding
is now required. Do I have that right ?