King worries that despite his importance to our landscape, Guirey will remain unheralded as more of his already-rare home designs are leveled or reconfigured.

She's even more concerned about Guirey's own home on East Missouri. It goes up for sale next week, and King wonders what will happen to its beautiful, swooping wood beams and gorgeous built-ins if they end up in the hands of someone who may not care about its provenance or its distinctive model. The house is too new (and Guirey as yet still too unknown) for the house to have achieved any historic designation. And so, King says, it may join many of Guirey's other homes as a pile of rubble.

To know it was to love it: Guirey's building doesn't look like this anymore.
courtesy of Modern Phoenix
To know it was to love it: Guirey's building doesn't look like this anymore.
The Fred Guirey residence, still pristine, goes up for sale this week.
Rob Vallee; courtesy of Modern Phoenix
The Fred Guirey residence, still pristine, goes up for sale this week.

Details

The self-guided Modern Phoenix tour takes place Sunday, April 5. Call 480-994-ARTS or visit www.modernphoenix.net/tours.htm for details.

"If the right person doesn't purchase this house, it's not just Fred Guirey's history and heritage going down," she says. "It's our history and heritage, as well."

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