For sale: Lykes House - Phoenix, AZ

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Roderick Grant
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Re: For sale: Lykes House - Phoenix, AZ

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From $1,677,500 last year to $7,950,00 this year? Well, maybe the trouble the house had selling in the first place was because it was underpriced. In the 1980s, the woman who inherited the Stewart House from the original owner put it up for sale for market price, and it didn't move. A real estate agent suggested she up the ante significantly, and it sold in no time. Never underestimate the gullibility of the American home buyer.

DavidC
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Roderick Grant
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Re: For sale: Lykes House - Phoenix, AZ

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By appealing to the Asian market, this house might finally find a buyer. There are some Asians who are scary rich!

When Linda Melson gave a presentation at a FLWBC Conference about her remodeling of the house, she was mildly criticized by the then administrator for altering the design. That was unconscionable. Truth is, some of Melson's alterations improved the house, and none of them were an affront to the architecture. Keeping every house exactly as it was at its inception may work for house museums, but forcing that extent of worship upon private home owners is not realistic.

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Re: For sale: Lykes House - Phoenix, AZ

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Amen.
Wright himself noted in The Natural House the house’s need to evolve over time to adapt to the changing needs of its users. As long as the changes maintain the character of the original, necessary adaptation makes sense and keeps the house desirable as a place to live.
Not all Wright houses can or should be museums encased in amber.

Roderick Grant
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Re: For sale: Lykes House - Phoenix, AZ

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Somewhere FLW addressed this subject. The owner of one of his houses asked about restoration, and FLW said tear it down, and I will give you something better.

Rood
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Re: For sale: Lykes House - Phoenix, AZ

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Of course the original Lykes House design included another entire wing ... never constructed.

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