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6 destroyed Frank Lloyd Wright buildings

By: Matt Hickman on Sept. 27, 2012, 6 p.m.
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Unlike Fallingwater, not every Wright creation still stands

The granddaddy of environmentally sustainable architecture, Frank Lloyd Wright, has been in the news lately. A massive archive of his work is being permanently relocated from Wisconsin and Arizona to the Museum of Modern Art and Columbia University, and an unusual, architecturally significant home that Wright designed for one his seven children is facing possible demolishment in Phoenix to make room for a pair of McMansions. An urgent campaign to save the home and the surrounding property from redevelopment is under way.

The prolific, scandal-plagued Wright — who died in 1959 at the ripe old age of 91 — completed more than 400 works in the United States and abroad during his lifetime, so it’s inevitable that some have been destroyed. If the David Wright House in Phoenix is razed, it will be the first of the Welsh-American architect’s works to be intentionally destroyed in 40 years, according to Janet Halstead of the Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy.

With the preservation of the David Wright House on our minds, we decided to take a look at six notable Wright-designed structures ranging from hotels to duplexes to doghouses that are no longer with us due to intentional demolishment or natural disaster. We’ve also included an iconic Wright building — his own summer home and studio in his native Wisconsin — that was severely damaged not once but twice by fire, but was rebuilt and is still standing today. Pictured here is Fallingwater, one of his more easily recognized structures, and one that thankfully still exists. (Text: Matt Hickman)