The Conservancy is coming to the nation's capital on June 29 to explore Wright's work in the metropolitan DC Area and after initially selling out, an additional bus has been added for Destination DC. Join the Conservancy on tours of three Wright-designed houses in the metropolitan DC Area: The Robert Llewlyn Wright House (1953) in Bethesda, Maryland; the Luis Marden House (1952) in McLean, Virginia; and the Pope-Leighey House (1939) in Alexandria, Virginia.
After rescuing the David and Gladys Wright House in late December 2012, the new owners are taking steps to fulfill their objective of sharing this unique Wright building and site with a larger audience in the future. The owners, who prefer to maintain their privacy for the time being, recently briefed the Conservancy about the completion of a general site clean-up. The new owner is working towards obtaining the various city authorizations needed to open the house to the public as a house museum. A newly formed non-profit organization stands ready to take ownership and manage the house and site once the city permits and authorizations are obtained, which could happen by the end of the year.
In June 2012, the Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy became aware that the current lease of the Hoffman Auto Showroom by Mercedes was ending in December. Despite the Conservancy's efforts, along with the support of DOCOMOMO NY/Tri-State and the Historic Districts Council, the showroom at 430 Park Avenue was gutted during March 28 to April 3. Although altered twice over the years, when it was destroyed it still retained the central and distinctive Wright-designed elements of the spiral ramp and turntable.