Article: Sandra Day O'Connor House on National Register

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SDR
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Do we know the architect of this home ? Where in Phoenix (?) was it located, and how far did it have to travel to its new location ? Was the adobe moved intact, or rebuilt on the new site ?

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Thanks for that, Jay !

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Post by Tom »

Sandra Day is now my favortie Supreme of all time.

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Post by SDR »

Who is that---Doris Day ? She wasn't in the Supremes ... ! :shock:

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Post by jay »

What a bizarre story though:

"After designing the O'Connor home, Taylor bought a desirable corner lot in Paradise Valley's prestigious Clearwater Hills neighborhood, intending to build a home for himself and his wife in 1959. This home, as mysterious as it is beautiful, sat quietly for almost 23 years without a resident. According to tax and county records, Taylor was unable to pay his contractor, Robert Boddiger, for the work he did, resulting in several liens placed against the property. For reasons unknown, Taylor was not even able to pay the mortgage and the house went into foreclosure. Unfortunately, the Taylors were never able to live in the home. The bank took possession of it shortly after it was finished in 1961, and held on to it until 1984, when Florence Mahoney bought it from the bank. We don't know what happened to it in the 23 years before it was sold to Mahoney; it may very well have sat vacant the entire time. It's still in remarkably good condition, though, indicating that the bank must have maintained it well."

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"Sadly, not too long after the financial troubles with the Clearwater Hills house, Taylor mysteriously disappeared from the Valley. There are no records showing that he was living or working here after 1963. So complete was his disappearance that even after extensive research, we aren't certain if he is still living today and if not, where and when he died."

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Post by SDR »

Yes---practically bizarre. We have photos of at least two of Taylor's houses, now---but none of this one for the architect's own use ?

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Post by jay »

The two sets of pictures from the article are the O'Conner's house and Taylor's own home (which he never lived in).

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(This is the one they refer to as the "Clearwater Hills" house; the one Taylor built for himself but never lived in)

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Aha. Thanks, Jay.

One hopes we will continue to come across Wright's architectural "descendants"... as time goes on.

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