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Record-Breaking Year for Wright House Sales

With 15 properties changing hands this year, 2019 was a particularly busy year for Wright-designed houses. The last several years have typically seen seven or eight sales per year. This year’s group was large enough to include a house from each decade of Wright’s independent career, as well as from each of the major periods of that career. It was also a geographically diverse collection, including houses in the Northeast,…

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Private Purchases Bring New Homeowners to Stephen Hunt and Richardson Homes

By Marsha Shyer, Owner, Brandes House

Sometimes there is only one house in the entire world that is the right house for a person. Almost like the right partner, one can search obsessively, flirt with others, almost give up, vow it is over, and then, at the brink of disappointment, the “right one” comes along. Talk to Todd Levin and you will feel like you are hearing this genre of romantic story—a story that does not…

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Kalil House Purchased by Currier Museum of Art

It was a beautiful fall day in Manchester, New Hampshire, as the Kalil House changed hands for the first time from the family of Wright’s original clients to the Currier Museum of Art. Wright designed the house for Mildred and Toufic Kalil in 1955. Toufic’s brother John lived in the house until shortly before his death in February of 2018 at the age of 101. Since then, the family, with…

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Ennis House Sets Record Price for a Wright Home Sale

The Ennis House, the last and largest of Wright’s four block houses in the Los Angeles area, has sold for $18 million, setting a new record for sale price of a Wright-designed house. From 2005-07, the Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy played a critical role in helping to stabilize the endangered house before it transitioned to a private owner who completed its restoration. The buyer has not been identified. The…

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UPDATED: Lykes House Sold at Auction

UPDATED 10/17/19: The Lykes House in Phoenix, Arizona, considered Wright’s last residential design, has sold for nearly $1.7 million at auction Oct. 16. Heritage Auctions held the auction without a reserve price. Wright created the design for the house just days before his death in 1959. John Rattenbury of Taliesin Associated Architects, Wright’s successor firm, brought the house to completion in 1968. The Associated Press reports: Out of nearly 20 bids…

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