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Frank Lloyd Wright house in Phoenix in danger of demolition

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He's behind some of the most famous architectural structures in the world, some right here in the valley. An historic Frank Lloyd Wright house in Arcadia that was threatened by demolition may be saved.

In the 11th hour, the developer says they are talking with a potential buyer, but nothing's in writing.

There has to be a buyer by Tuesday or the house will be gone -- whether it's demolished or deconstructed.

Secret passageways, mahogany spiral ceilings -- some consider this home on Exeter in Arcadia among the 20 most significant Frank Lloyd Wright buildings.

"We knew it was a Frank Lloyd Wright, we didn't know it had that much significance," says John Huffman, owner and developer with 8081 Meridian Corporation.

Huffman recently came under fire after buying the house and the 2.2 acres it sits on, then wanting to get rid of the home to build two new homes.

"After buying the house we met with a local real estate broker who said, hey this house is a little more significant than you realize," says Huffman.

This is house is so special because it was designed for Wright's son and was apparently an inspiration for the Guggenheim in New York.

The developers agreed to change their plans and preserve the home, as long as someone bought it. The 60-day deadline is up Tuesday.

Scott Jarson, part of the Frank Lloyd Wright Conservancy, is concerned it will be demolished.

"The concern is this house among all the other houses absolutely needs to be saved and restored," he says.

The developers maintain they always intended to preserve the house, at least parts of it.

"Our plan was to deconstruct this house, architecturally salvage all of the built-ins, the ceiling boards, the fixtures, the appliances," says Huffman.

Right now, developers have plans to build two homes around the Frank Lloyd Wright which they say they'll sell for $800,000.

The 3 bedroom, 2 bath house is roughly 2300 square feet. It sits on a 16,000 square foot lot.

"But we're trying to do something most businesses would not do, and put everything on hold and let people come to the rescue, but that has not happened," says Huffman.

Even if the house is bought, there are still hoops to jump through, like changes in variance conditions that would have to go through public hearings.

That could take months, but the city says it will fast track the process. No one has lived there since 2008. We'll keep you updated.

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