Frank Lloyd Wright's Spiral House in Phoenix Hits the Market for $12.9 Million

Frank Lloyd Wright designed nearly 60 houses in his lifetime (and even more if you count the ones that were never built). You’ll find these iconic structures scattered throughout the U.S. Some are private homes in far-flung places, while others have been turned into museums.

One of these structures is the spiral-shaped David and Gladys Wright House in the affluent Arcadia neighborhood of Phoenix, Arizona. And if you have $12,950,000 to spare, it could be yours to keep. As Curbed reports, the home is currently up for sale via Russ Lyon Sotheby's International Realty.

The home’s distinctive shape and spiral walk-up are early examples of Wright’s rounded style, which he honed and mastered while drawing up plans for the Guggenheim Museum in New York City. The museum opened in 1959, just six months after his death.

Of course, even non-architecture aficionados would probably agree that this is a beautiful—and comfortable—home. It boasts three bedrooms, four baths, custom-designed furniture, and a roof deck overlooking Camelback Mountain. The home was constructed for and named after Wright’s son David and daughter-in-law Gladys in 1952. After their deaths, a developer bought the home and made plans to demolish it to make room for new houses in 2012.

However, another buyer—current owner Zach Rawling—stepped in and took it off the developer's hands for $2.3 million, saving it from certain death. Rawling’s plan was to donate it to the School of Architecture at Taliesin in order to preserve it, but that partnership fell through, so it’s back on the market once again.

Frank Lloyd Wright homes can be difficult to sell for a number of reasons. For one, the high asking price for these old-fashioned homes—some of which don’t have air conditioning and other modern comforts—can be hard to justify. But even if you can't cough up several million dollars for the David and Gladys Wright House, you can still scope it out via an online interactive floor plan.

[h/t Curbed]

See What It Was Like to Live in a Secret NYC Library Apartment

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Ever wanted to live in a library? For the dozens of custodians who once helped take care of New York Public Library branches, that dream was a reality. Recently, Sarah Laskow of Atlas Obscura stepped into one of these now-vacant apartments in upper Manhattan and explored it in all of its creepy, dilapidated glory (think falling plaster and unsafe floors—there's a reason the space isn't usually open to the public). Since the branches no longer require live-in custodians to shovel the coal that once kept the furnaces humming, the apartments have all been closed down, and are slowly being converted into new public uses. In 2016, one custodian's apartment in Washington Heights was converted into a teen center and programming space. The secret apartment at the Fort Washington library will also eventually be converted—which means that Laskow's trip helped document a space that may soon be only a memory. You can see more inside the space, and learn more about the history of these apartments, in the video below.

'Floating' Cat Furniture Turns Your Home Into a Feline Playground—Without Sacrificing Floor Space

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Studio RYTE

It doesn't take much to keep most cats happy—they just need a few scratches behind their ears, a couple boxes to hide in, and something to climb. A new line of cat furniture from Studio RYTE allows you to provide your cat with the latter without cluttering your living space.

The Catssup collection includes many of the same features you'd find in a conventional cat tree. The modular system features felt-cushioned platforms, a scratchable climbing tower, and a hanging ball for swatting. What sets Catssup apart is that the separate elements can be clamped to shelves and furniture around your home, allowing your cat to cover more ground around your home while saving you precious floor space.

Cat furniture.
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Most cat owners know that cats need to climb in order to feel comfortable in their home. Climbing provides them with a better view of their surroundings, giving them a sense of safety. It's also a way for them to expand their territory. Catssup's floating elements allow you to provide them with that opportunity without adding more furniture to your home.

Catssup is currently raising money on Kickstarter. You can reserve a product for a pledge of $89 or more, with shipping estimated for December of this year.

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