Rotary Club updated on Wright’s pioneer desert home

Rotarian John Thornton and Lindsey Crosland - both champions of Wright's last residential masterpiece. (submitted photo)

Rotarian John Thornton and Lindsey Crosland – both champions of Wright’s last residential masterpiece. (submitted photo)

Lindsey Crosland, estate manager at David and Gladys Wright House Foundation, led a presentation to Rotary Club of Scottsdale members and guests about the landmark designation for the David and Gladys Wright House Property.

World-renowned architect Frank Lloyd Wright designed this pioneering desert home on a 10-acre parcel for his son and daughter in 1950, according to a press release. Wright’s son, David Samuel Wright, acting as general contractor, completed the house in 1952.

Lindsey Crosland, Estate Manager, David and Gladys Wright House Foundation speaking to Rotary Club of Scottsdale members and guests

Lindsey Crosland, Estate Manager, David and Gladys Wright House Foundation speaking to Rotary Club of Scottsdale members and guests

David Samuel Wright and his wife Gladys lived in the home until their deaths in 1997 and 2008, respectively. The house, elevated above-ground, was described in a November 1955 edition of House Beautiful as “a castle in the air, curving above the hot, dusty floor of the desert at the base of Camelback Mountain, looking out in all directions above the tree tops of orange groves and surrounding mountains.”

The David Wright House is one of three spiral designs realized by Frank Lloyd Wright and the precursor to the Guggenheim Museum in New York City, the release stated. The house is regarded as Mr. Wright’s last residential masterpiece.

Past Club President, John Thornton, introduced Ms. Crosland at the luncheon meeting held at Scottsdale McCormick Lakeside Ballroom

The mission of the David and Gladys Wright House Foundation is to restore and maintain the David Wright House and grounds, to celebrate the artistic legacy of Frank Lloyd Wright at the site of one of his most unique and architecturally significant houses through tours, educational programs, exhibitions, lectures, research facilities, events and performances, and to inspire creativity in future generations of artists and architects.

To learn more about the house – see www.davidwrighthouse.org.

The following speakers have been scheduled to talk at upcoming meetings of the Rotary Club of Scottsdale:

  • March 14: Arizona Governor Doug Ducey;
  • March 21: Mark Brnovich, Arizona’s Attorney General;
  • April 4: Cosmologist ASU Professor Paul Davies;
  • April 11: Dr. Mark Slater, VP Research HonorHealth.

On March 7, members will attend Rockies/Cubs pre-season baseball game.

Club meetings are held at noon with a inviting buffet lunch at Scottsdale’s McCormick Lakeside Ballroom, which is located at 7401 N. Scottsdale Road, in Scottsdale. See www.scottsdalerotary.org or call 480-945-6158 to inquire about club meeting reservations, programs, meeting location, projects and membership for local active and retired business professionals.

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