MODERN PHOENIX WEEK IS APRIL 12 -21
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THE HAVER + NUNN ISSUE
- Jimmie Ray Nunn FAIA: An Honest Architect by Jennifer Gunther
- James Salter AIA: The Artist of Haver's Firm
- The Ralph Haver Archive debuts this season with major updates across all categories. Rediscover everything you ever loved about Ralph Haver's architecture and his firm in our one-stop shop. NOTE: Your favorite pages may have been moved and now reside in the archive.
- Brief Chronology of Ralph Haver's life and work
- Growing Up Haver has all new and charming vintage photography to update our classic oral history by Bucky Haver.
- Haverhoods: The definitive directory to all confirmed Ralph Haver neighborhoods we know of. If it's not in here, it's not confirmed.
- RARE! Vintage floorplans, materials cabinet layouts and exterior color schemes for Haver's Starlite Vista tract home plans
- All new photos of Starlite Vista by Ralph Haver
- Vintage photos of a home in Janet Manor in the 50s and 60s, aka Ralph Haver's Town and Country II in Uptown Phoenix
- P.A.T. Homes in Tucson were stylishly designed by Haver for the typical American income
- Vintage ads from 1956 for Town and Country Manor, the first of four Town and Country tract home developments by Ralph Haver and Fred Woodward
- Golden Keys condominiums Phase 1 are credited to Ralph Haver's firm in 1961. What do you think, should they go historic?
- All new photos of Star of Paradise in north Phoenix, not by Haver but cool nonetheless. Check out the progress that's been made by MoPhos in the years since we last photographed it!
- Commercial and Civic buildings by Ralph Haver's firm
- Ralph Haver's Koko Club was a swank hot spot near the Biltmore in the mid 50s
- The Revlon factory by Jimmie Ray Nunn FAIA still stands today, but now in lipstick red
- Ralph Haver's original office building on Architect's Row, long demolished
- The Rice House by Richard Neutra in Richmond, Virginia
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Try our interactive map of Modern Phoenix neighborhoods, vintage retailers and architectural landmarks. We have over 320 destinations and some driving tours programmed in for you! You can still download the old PDF of the 2006 Top Ten neighborhoods here [304 k PDF file]
PRESERVATION VICTORY! The David & Gladys Wright Home by Frank Lloyd Wright
- NEW! “Historic preservation is critical for our city. How we preserve our past says a lot about our future. Thank you to Larry Woodin and Janet Halstead and other professionals at the Frank Lloyd Wright Conservancy Board. They believed in the importance of this home and the people of this city by partnering with my office. We developed a close working relationship in this process and we stand ready to help them with landmark designation, restoration and a conservation easement so that this important piece of our Phoenix history and the Frank Lloyd Wright legacy will be preserved for generations to come.” - Mayor Greg Stanton, December 20. 2012
- NEW! The David and Gladys Wright home sold to an anonymous buyer on December 20th! Transfer to a nonprofit agency is forthcoming.
- NEW! The Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy facilitated the purchase of the David Wright Home
- NEW! Phoenix Business Journal reports that the David Wright home sold for 2.38 million dollars
- NEW! Blooming Rock observes that architectural preservation in Phoenix may never be the same after resolving this landmark battle, and givies credit to the team of advocates who worked behind the scenes on this effort
- NEW! Sal DiCiccio in Phoenix City Council Distric 6 calls for the future preservation of all Frank Lloyd Wright properties in our area, so this stress may never have to be endured again
- NEW! The David Wright House makes Architeizer's list of Top Ten Architecture Controversies of 2012
- Due to winter travel schedules, there will not be any vote on the David and Gladys Wright home's Landmark status until January 16th 2013 or later. That gives you extra time to write your councilman!
- Watch what acting preservation officer Michelle Dodds has to say about the David Wright House, midcentury neighborhood preservation overlays and Prop. 207 on PBS Horizon.
- Councilman DiCiccio asks for a longer delay in the final vote, and suggests that if we preservationists all got our act together, we could save the home with donations. As if we hadn't thought of that before... but at the time, no agencies were willing to administrate such a multi-million dollar campaign.
- In order to better comply with public notice protocol, the City of Phoenix delays the final vote on the David Wright House.
- The SECOND mystery buyer lined up to purchase the David Wright home also backs out.
- The first mystery buyer who offered to purchase the David and Gladys Wright House for a full cash offer backed out for business and personal reasons during escrow.
- The Phoenix City Council may be forced to vote on Historic Landmark status for the David and Gladys Wright house without owner's consent if a new buyer is not found before December 5th.
- Arizona Preservation Foundation places The David & Gladys Wright Residence on their list of 25 Most Endangered Historic Places in Arizona.
- The official real estate listing for the David and Gladys Wright House
- Staff report recommending Historic zoning overlay with Landmark status revised September 18, 2012
- Owner Steve Sells threatens in the New York Times to wait out the 3 year stay of demolition, then demolish when it expires to recoup his losses.
- Download the structural assessment of the David Wright House [PDF], indicating that about $312,010 in improvements are needed to make it a sound residence. This is in contrast to the millions cited earlier by current owner 8081 Meridian.
- 8081 Meridian's demolition permit expired on Tuesday October 23rd, with no intent to renew it at this time, reports the AZ Republic.
- A video tour of the property by Scott Jarson filmed in August 2012.
- Editorial by former Wright student Vernon Swaback makes a compelling argument in the AZ Republic.
- Have a few million dollars? The David Wright house is finally up for sale again, KPHO reports.
- The New York Times ponders once again why Phoenix values the new over the old.
- Phoenix Business Journal reports that the David and Gladys Wright home is re-listed for sale for 2.38 million dollars by Robert Joffe.
- Wright heirs are heartsick over the fate of family home in the AZ Republic
- Why the David and Gladys Wright House cannot be moved by Prairie Mod
- Mayor's policy advisor Brendan Mahoney says that a low-level over-the-counter clerk is responsible for issuance of a demolition permit of the David Wright home
- 8081 Meridian claims they were away all summer and unaware of historic designation process for their recently acquired Frank Lloyd Wright home. Bizarre, because seven days before they closed escrow they had already publicly declared they would preserve it.
- Editorial in Oct. 5 Arizona Republic calls developer 8081 Meridian out for a brawl
- BBC News segment on the David Wright House controversy featuring Mayor Greg Stanton and Neil Levine. (available for a limited time)
- CBS Morning News segment on the need for an angel to purchase the David and Gladys Wright home. Includes interviews with Scott Jarson and granddaughters of David Wright. Ironically, the developers are currently NOT ACCPETING ANY OFFERS on the home.
- Critical article on Page 1 of the New York Times sets off a firestorm of local coverage of the David and Gladys Wright House preservation debate
- A narrow vote to proceed with landmark status designation of the David and Gladys Wright House passes despite lawyer's threats to sue the city at Village Planning meeting. Includes Channel 12 video in right column.
- A citizen's observations on the Planning Commission Meeting that sent the preservation community ablaze.
- City of Phoenix Historic Preservation Commission unanimously voted to move forward with landmark designation of the David & Gladys Wright House. This is the first of four required meetings.
- Sign the petition to save the David and Gladys Wright House. Help us reach 25,000 signatures.
- Learn how a flashmob of MoPhos and concerned citizens have started work to save the David and Gladys Wright Residence by Frank Lloyd Wright. Modern Phoenix visited the home in June with Blooming Rock and Will Bruder, and it was in better condition than you might think. But now, as the clock ticks down in the deadline given by the developers, the building's future is in no way 100% secure. Subscribe to Arizona Preservation Foundation, Modern Phoenix, Blooming Rock and the Save the David & Gladys Wright Group on Facebook to keep abreast of issues as they develop.
David and Gladys Wright Residence photo courtesy Quincy Ross