More than 270 guests were in attendance Saturday, Nov. 1 for the Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy’s presentation of the 2014 Wright Spirit Awards in the Gold Room at the Arizona Biltmore.
Held during the gala dinner capping the 25th anniversary conference held Oct. 29-Nov. 2 in Phoenix, the awards presentation brought together a number of people involved in the Conservancy’s successful effort to save the David and Gladys Wright House in Phoenix, as well as Wright family members and a pair of Wisconsin school teachers representing the fifth grade team at Wakanda Elementary School, which has enriched the lives of more than 850 students through a course based on the life and work of Frank Lloyd Wright.
Recipients included Phoenix mayor Greg Stanton, who delivered a rousing welcome to attendees on the first morning of the conference. New York Times architecture critic Michael Kimmelman received his Wright Spirit Award after delivering the keynote address of the conference to a packed house in the Pavilion at Taliesin West. Ten Wright family members were in attendance as the David and Gladys Wright House Foundation, the organization formed to restore the house and open it to the public, was honored. Wright great-granddaughters Kimberly Lloyd Wright and Anne Lloyd Wright Levi accepted the award on behalf of the foundation and its benefactors.
Complete list of Wright Spirit Award recipients:
Mayor of Phoenix
David and Gladys Wright House Foundation
Grady Gammage, Jr.
Land use and real estate attorney
Architecture critic for the New York
President of the Arizona Preservation Foundation
Scott and Debbie Jarson
Founders of azarchitecture/Jarson & Jarson
Wakanda Elementary School – Fifth Grade Team
Representing the Fifth Grade Team: Anne Hasse and Sally Johnson
Executive Director Janet Halstead also presented this year's Conservancy Award, which goes to an individual who has provided invaluable support to the Conservancy staff, to Linda Botsford, copy editor for SaveWright magazine.