Frank Lloyd Wright was one of the most famous American architects and interior designers to ever live. In part, because he designed structures that were in harmony with humanity and the environment, a style he dubbed "organic architecture." A total of 532 of his designs were completed, but now, one of those iconic buildings is in danger of being demolished.
To add salt to the wound, the building in question, the Lockridge Medical Clinic building in Whitefish, Montana, was designed by Wright in 1958 and was one of the architect's last designs before his death (the building actually completed in 1959). However, the current owner of the building wants to build a three-story mixed-use development on the land, unless someone pays $1.7 million in cash.
The demolition wasn't slated until the end of 2018, so the Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy had plans to try to raise funds to preserve the site. But demolition preparations began on-site earlier this week, implying that the timeframe has changed, so it's not looking good for the Lockridge Medical Clinic. "I’m hopeful we can save it. We’re going to do everything we can to get a win-win for everybody. I hope people see the seriousness of this situation," Barbara Gordon, executive director of the Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy, told the Daily Beast.
Understandably, there has been a public outrage over the situation.
No! His architectural work is the best!— Julie Kiel (@juliekiel) January 9, 2018
Wow. Damn. Now that’s a sad, sad story. I hope someone jumps in and buys it.— John R Dallas Jr (@JohnRDallasJr) January 9, 2018
Only a barbarian would tear down a Frank Lloyd Wright building.— Annabelle Leigh (@annableigh) January 6, 2018
“People are pretty shocked,” said Gordon. “They have reached out to us to say they are very surprised in this day and age that anyone would consider tearing down a Frank Lloyd Wright building. But unfortunately, these things do happen.”
Gordon said the Conservancy is working with the owner of the building to see if the deadline can be pushed back. If not, our fingers are crossed that someone puts in an offer today!
Take a look at the iconic building below:
This story originally appeared on Townandcountrymag.com.
* Minor edits have been made by the Townandcountry.ph editors.