The last house Frank Lloyd Wright ever designed up for sale in Phoenix: $3.2M

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CLOSEFRANK LLOYD WRIGHT'S TALIESIN WEST IN SCOTTSDALE Taliesin West, a jewel in the desert | 1:36

Jeff Goodman, spokesman for the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation, gives an overview of Taliesin West, the winter home and desert laboratory for architect Frank Lloyd Wright, in Scottsdale on May 11, 2017. Tom Tingle/azcentral

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Scottsdale‘s Taliesin West architecture school challenges its students to design and build their own desert homes. Becca Smouse/azcentral

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Story behind Frank Lloyd Wright‘s eclectic art at Taliesin West.

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  • Taliesin West, a jewel in the desert
  • Could you build a shelter in the middle of the desert?
  • Taliesin West art

The last home designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, the “Norman Lykes home” is an almost 2,900-square-foot curvaceous house at the edge of the Phoenix Mountains Preserve. It‘s for sale for $3.25 million.(Photo: Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation)

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PHOENIX — Buyers will soon have the rare chance to buy an iconic Phoenix home: the last house Frank Lloyd Wright .

Called the “Norman Lykes home” after who it was designed for, the almost 2,900-square-foot curvaceous house at the edge of the Phoenix Mountains Preserve can be yours for $3.25 million.

Its circle structure is reminiscent of New York’s Guggenheim Museum, also designed by Wright late in his life.

The prolific architect created more than 1,000 buildings across the world, but this house is the only one of his for sale in metro Phoenix.

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“It’s an amazing home, and one of only 14 circle houses designed by Wright,” said Jack Luciano, an agent with the Scottsdale office of Beverly Hills, Calif.-based brokerage The Agency.

He will be listing the three-bedroom Lykes home for sale in early 2018.

Wright started designing the home in 1959, just before his death, with rounded windows and walls to blend into the desert mountain it is perched on. His apprentice John Rattenbury finished the design, and the house was built in 1967.

Luciano said the home has had only two owners, the Lykeses and the family that bought it in the mid-1980s and is now selling it.

The last home designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, the “Norman Lykes home” is an almost 2,900-square-foot curvaceous house at the edge of the Phoenix Mountains Preserve. It's for sale for $3.25 million. (Photo: Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation)

Not the most famous Phoenix Wright house

The Lykes home is the first Wright-designed Valley house to go on the market since the controversy over the architect’s most famous Arizona house ended.

In June, years of fighting over preserving the David and Gladys Wright house in Phoenix’s Arcadia neighborhood came to an end when it was donated for use by the Taliesin West architecture program.  

The home built in 1952 was designed for Wright‘s son and his wife. Taliesin West is the school and winter camp Wright founded in Scottsdale in 1937.

The gift came in time for what would have been Wright’s 150th birthday.

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The last home designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, the “Norman Lykes home” is an almost 2,900-square-foot curvaceous house at the edge of the Phoenix Mountains Preserve. It‘s for sale for $3.25 million.  Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation The last home designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, the “Norman Lykes home” is an almost 2,900-square-foot curvaceous house at the edge of the Phoenix Mountains Preserve. It‘s for sale for $3.25 million.  Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation The last home designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, the “Norman Lykes home” is an almost 2,900-square-foot curvaceous house at the edge of the Phoenix Mountains Preserve. It‘s for sale for $3.25 million.  Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation The last home designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, the “Norman Lykes home” is an almost 2,900-square-foot curvaceous house at the edge of the Phoenix Mountains Preserve. It‘s for sale for $3.25 million.  Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation The last home designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, the “Norman Lykes home” is an almost 2,900-square-foot curvaceous house at the edge of the Phoenix Mountains Preserve. It‘s for sale for $3.25 million.  Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation The last home designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, the “Norman Lykes home” is an almost 2,900-square-foot curvaceous house at the edge of the Phoenix Mountains Preserve. It‘s for sale for $3.25 million.  Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation The last home designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, the “Norman Lykes home” is an almost 2,900-square-foot curvaceous house at the edge of the Phoenix Mountains Preserve. It‘s for sale for $3.25 million.  Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation The last home designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, the “Norman Lykes home” is an almost 2,900-square-foot curvaceous house at the edge of the Phoenix Mountains Preserve. It‘s for sale for $3.25 million.  Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation

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‘Integrated with the mountain‘

The Lykes house was designed in Wright’s organic architecture style to blend in with the curves of the desert mountains near it. Unobstructed views from the house overlook Palm Canyon and stretch all the way south to Sky Harbor International Airport.

The house originally had five bedrooms, but some were as small as walk-in closets. Rattenbury updated the home’s interior design in 1994, transforming some of the small bedrooms into a master bedroom.

Luciano said all changes to the home were approved by Taliesin West to adhere to the home’s original design.

A crescent-shaped pool, part of Wright’s original design, was also added. And a room designed as a workshop was converted into a home theater.

“Wright transformed architecture through organic design, a principle on display at the Lykes House as the home is integrated with the mountain on which it is built, while its living room windows embrace a commanding view of the Valley,” said Stuart Graff, CEO of the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation.

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Taliesin West is a National Historic Landmark nestled in the desert foothills of the McDowell Mountains in Scottsdale, AZ. It is also the home of the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation and Taliesin, the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture.  Tom Tingle/The Republic Taliesin West is a National Historic Landmark nestled in the desert foothills of the McDowell Mountains in Scottsdale, AZ. It is also the home of the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation and Taliesin, the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture.  Tom Tingle/The Republic Taliesin West is a National Historic Landmark nestled in the desert foothills of the McDowell Mountains in Scottsdale, AZ. It is also the home of the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation and Taliesin, the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture.  Tom Tingle/The Republic Taliesin West is a National Historic Landmark nestled in the desert foothills of the McDowell Mountains in Scottsdale, AZ. It is also the home of the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation and Taliesin, the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture.  Tom Tingle/The Republic Taliesin West is a National Historic Landmark nestled in the desert foothills of the McDowell Mountains in Scottsdale, AZ. It is also the home of the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation and Taliesin, the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture.  Tom Tingle/The Republic Taliesin West is a National Historic Landmark nestled in the desert foothills of the McDowell Mountains in Scottsdale, AZ. It is also the home of the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation and Taliesin, the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture.  Tom Tingle/The Republic Graduate architecture student Trina Lindal works in pursuit of her masters degree through the School of Architecture at Taliesen. Taliesin West is a National Historic Landmark nestled in the desert foothills of the McDowell Mountains in Scottsdale, AZ. It is also the home of the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation and Taliesin, the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture.  Tom Tingle/The Republic Taliesin West is a National Historic Landmark nestled in the desert foothills of the McDowell Mountains in Scottsdale, AZ. It is also the home of the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation and Taliesin, the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture. This is the main theater.  Tom Tingle/The Republic Taliesin West is a National Historic Landmark nestled in the desert foothills of the McDowell Mountains in Scottsdale, AZ. It is also the home of the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation and Taliesin, the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture.  Tom Tingle/The Republic Taliesin West is a National Historic Landmark nestled in the desert foothills of the McDowell Mountains in Scottsdale, AZ. It is also the home of the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation and Taliesin, the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture. This is the main theater.  Tom Tingle/The Republic Taliesin West is a National Historic Landmark nestled in the desert foothills of the McDowell Mountains in Scottsdale, AZ. It is also the home of the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation and Taliesin, the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture. This was Frank Lloyd Wright’s office.  Tom Tingle/The Republic A pool at Taliesin West, Frank Llyod Wright‘s winter home, in Scottsdale, Ariz.  Andrew Pielage The drafting studio at Taliesin West, Frank Lloyd Wright‘s winter home, in Scottsdale, Ariz.  Andrew Pielage The front enterance of Taliesin West, architect Frank Lloyd Wright‘s winter home, in Scottsdale, Ariz.  Andrew Pielage The Taliesin West cabaret in Scottsdale, Ariz., in 2015.  Andrew Pielage The Garden Room has plenty of natural lighting and was recently refurbished with new carpet and upholstery, at Frank Lloyd Wright‘s Taliesin West on Thursday, June 7, 2012.  Charlie Leight/The Republic Touring visitors stop to look at the vistas from the Prow at Frank Lloyd Wright’s Taliesin West.  Charlie Leight/The Republic Bill Crooks of Huntley, Ill, snaps a picture at Frank Lloyd Wright‘s Taliesin West in Scottsdale, on Friday, Jan. 31, 2014. Tours of the campus run daily.  Charlie Leight/The Republic Visitors admire Heloise Crista’s “Aiming for the Mark” in the sculpture garden at Frank Lloyd Wright’s Taliesin West in Scottsdale.  Charlie Leight/The Republic Elementary students tour Taliesin West with their parents in Scottsdale, Ariz. on Friday, Dec. 14, 2012.  Angela Piazza/The Republic Residence life coordinator Jason Silverman (left) leads a tour of elementary students through Taliesin West with their parents in Scottsdale, Ariz. on Friday, Dec. 14, 2012.  Angela Piazza/The Republic The Sunset Terrace has a memorial fountain at Frank Lloyd Wright‘s Taliesin West in Scottsdale.  The Republic First Solar module installer Ivan Hernandez places one of nearly 4,000 solar panels in a large array at Taliesin West in Scottsdale on Wednesday, April 4, 2012. Taliesin West is a net-zero property, having all its electricity paid for by energy conservation and solar technology.  Charlie Leight/The Republic A tour group walks by the drafting studio at Frank Lloyd Wright‘s Taliesin West on Thursday, June 7, 2012.  Charlie Leight/The Republic Taliesin is the former summer home of architect Frank Lloyd Wright. Apprentices stayed in rooms like this. Wright built Taliesin West in Scottsdale. Wisconsin Historical Society Interior of one of the apprentice‘s rooms at Taliesin. Taliesin was the summer home of architect Frank Lloyd Wright and the Taliesin Fellowship.  Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation Frank Lloyd Wright’s modern design elements are evidentthroughoutTaliesin West inScottsdale.  Tom Tingle/The Republic Frank Lloyd Wright’s Taliesin West will be lit up for Friday-night tours February through April.  Sonja Haller/The Republic The Sunset Terrace has a memorial fountain at Frank Lloyd Wright‘s Taliesin West in Scottsdale.  Charlie Leight/The Republic A round gate allows access into the Garden Room courtyard at Frank Lloyd Wright‘s Taliesin West.  Charlie Leight/The Republic

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Wright’s blueprint on Phoenix

From Arizona State University’s grand Gammage Auditorium, originally designed for a Baghdad opera house, to his signature concrete and circular homes and the First Christian Church with its 77-foot spire, Wright gave the Phoenix area its own architecture style.

“He (Wright) was drawn to Arizona by a certain magic of the desert environment,” said growth expert and attorney Grady Gammage Jr. after the Arcadia house was preserved. “It presented a kind of clear canvas on which he wanted to paint with his organic architectural style.”

“He (Wright) was drawn to Arizona by a certain magic of the desert environment.”

Grady Gammage Jr., growth expert and attorney

Gammage‘s father, former ASU President Grady Gammage, was friends with Wright and commissioned him to build the university‘s auditorium in 1957.

“That style, low buildings using concrete, wood and lots of shade, evolved into an adaptation of the ranch-house style that became the hallmark of Phoenix,” said Gammage Jr. “It is sometimes hard to see his style embedded in those houses — but drive around and look at the remaining ranches and you see his influence.”

Wright is often credited with designing the Arizona Biltmore Hotel. But though the concrete blocks were his design, the hotel’s architect was one of his former students, Albert Chase McArthur.

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The Frank Lloyd Wright-designed house built for David and Gladys Wright in Phoenix.  Michael Schennum / The Republic The exterior of the David Wright home by Frank Lloyd Wright. This Wright design was built in 1952 for his son, David.  Peter Corbett/The Republic This home was designed by Frank Lloyd Wright Jr. The home is on a property adjacent to the David Wright home.  Christine Keith/The Republic The Pieper House in Paradise Valley is among the Frank Lloyd Wright homes in the Valley.  Christine Keith/The Republic The Pieper Home circa 1979.  Earl McCartney/The Republic The Price House in Paradise Valley by Frank Lloyd Wright.  The Republic Another view of the Price House in Paradise Valley.  The Republic The Boomer home in Phoenix.  Christine Keith/The Republic The Lykes house in Phoenix.  Christine Keith/The Republic A bird house at the Carlson home in Phoenix.  Christine Keith/The Republic The Adelman house in Phoenix was designed by Frank Lloyd Wright.   Christine Keith/The Republic

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Other Wright houses in the Phoenix area

• The Raymond Carlson house, near 11th Street and Bethany Home Road in Phoenix, designed in 1950.

• The Benjamin Adelman house, near 30th Street and the Arizona Canal in Phoenix, designed in 1950.

• The Pieper House, near 65th Street and Cheney Road in Paradise Valley, designed in 1952.

• The Boomer Cottage, near the Adelman house at 30th Street and the Arizona Canal in Phoenix, designed in 1953.

• The Harold Price house, near Tatum Boulevard and Clearwater Parkway in Paradise Valley, designed in 1954.

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