The Manker home was designed by Architect Blaine Drake for the Dr. Raymond Manker Family, when called to be the minister for the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Phoenix, whose newly completed building on Lincoln Drive in Paradise Valley was also designed by Blake in 1961.
Inside, the original nature and materiality of the home has been widely maintained, excepting some very sensitive updates that were made with the assistance of Architect John Douglas. There are five bedrooms, in very versatile plan that allows for much flexibility in use.
This home features superb views of the surrounding mountains, and interiors that include the original Mahogany millwork and cabinets, plus butt-glazed windows, dramatic steel and concrete fireplace, post and beam exposed framing and wood ceilings.
It is shown by appointment only and the sale, close of escrow, and possession dates are subject to mutual agreement to accommodate the Owners. The home is not to be significantly modified and demolition is strictly prohibited. This rare example of a pristine, unmodified home designed by Mr. Drake is a superb find and should be acted upon accordingly.
Architect Blaine Drake was one of Frank Lloyd Wright’s original apprentices and went on to establish his Arizona practice in 1945. Built for and with the original Owners who still reside in the home, this house is a beautiful study in light and space; a perfect example of how delicately architecture can sit upon the landscape in the Desert. Adjacent to a wide and beautiful arroyo, this home features a large walk out deck to the west, which opens up the home to the views and natural landscape.
More about Architect Blaine Drake: Mr Drake was one of Frank Lloyd Wright’s original apprentices and went on to establish his Arizona practice in 1945. According to ASU, Mr. Drake designed approximately two hundred projects during his career, nearly two-thirds of which were constructed. Thankfully, for us in Arizona, most of his work was in the Phoenix area and focused on residential architecture, though he also designed office, medical, and apartment buildings and churches. Mr. Drake was one of the few Wright apprentices to pursue a successful independent practice. He was an advocate of energy-efficient design in the desert. He received national and international recognition for his work. Blaine Drake retired from architectural practice in 1985. His remaining buildings are indeed very special and in fact, highly endangered due to the prime locations of many of his residential designs.
Architect Blaine Drake Design
Mountain Views – Paradise Valley Location
Original Owner Architect-Designed Home
Beautiful Acre + Desert Site
Shown By Appointment Only
Do Not Disturb Occupants Please
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