Frank Lloyd Wright’s last residential project, the Lykes House of Phoenix, Arizona, has had a busy five years. The house appeared on the open market in 2016 with a $3.6 million asking price, and saw a series of price snips that left it asking $2.65 million by the spring of 2019; it was ultimately auctioned off later that year for $1.68 million.
The late summer of 2021 finds the house up for sale once again. This time around, the owner is more ambitious: the property’s current listing finds it asking $7.95 million.
The home’s architectural motif is the circle, and for that reason its subtext could be seen to be preoccupied with matters of cycle and natural process. The crescent is used as an ornamental flourish in the home’s circular courtyard retaining wall, pool design, and kitchen and office windows. The wings of the structure curve gracefully and sympathetically with the hillside beneath it; the home’s form echoes its landscape, satisfying a fundamental criterion of the architect’s ideal of organic architecture.
The home’s interiors contain numerous surprises, including the built-in hardwood workstation in the office, and the graceful arc of the long built-in window seat in the slate-floored main living area. There are three bedrooms and three baths throughout the Lykes House’s 3,095 sq. ft. of indoor living space.
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