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4 Must-Know Facts About the Last Frank Lloyd Wright

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About a month ago, this distinctive three-bedroom, three-bath home in Phoenix went on the market for $3.6 million. This desert dwelling is particularly notable because it's the final masterpiece designed by Frank Lloyd Wright before he died in 1959.

Its undulating shape, cantilevered space, and porthole cutouts throughout are Wright hallmarks that remind the eye of his design of the Guggenheim Museum in New York City.

The Phoenix home, now known as the Lykes House, wasn't finished until 1967, eight years after the architect's death.

Spanning just under 3,000 square feet, the property underwent a major renovation during the 1990s, but there's still a lot of timeless charm, including a pink-tiled bath, silver countertops in the curvy kitchen, and wood-paneled walls. Here are four other notable facts about Wright's final design:

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Furnishings included

Why bother shopping around for Mission or Prairie-style furniture when you can just use what the previous owners are leaving behind? Check out the eye candy in the living room: Taliesin chairs and Barrel dining chairs. Also note that a floor-to-ceiling fireplace, a design feature loved by Wright, was abandoned for a hearth built into the silo.

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Take a dip in the pool

More of a design feature than a regulation swimming pool, the half-moon-shaped pool features desert hilltop views. The funky fencing with natural light streaming in through the porthole cutouts is Wright's organic architecture at its finest.

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Bring your books

Another characteristic of Wright's residential designs is ample shelving, perfect for showing off your favorite literary spines, pottery pieces, or framed photos. There's even shelving in one of the bedrooms and above a banquette (another of Wright's space-conscious mantras) so a good book is always within reach.

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There's no Cherokee Red anywhere

If there's one color synonymous with Wright, it's the brick-red "Cherokee Red" hue, whether it's the furnishings inside the Garden Room at Taliesin West or in Fallingwater's metal and ironwork. In this design, the pinkish-beige shade borrows from the desert landscape and eliminates the red requirement.