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Board decides not to close Frank Lloyd Wright school in Scottsdale

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PHOENIX – The architecture school established by Frank Lloyd Wright in Scottsdale has been given a reprieve by its board, which had planned to close the campus in June.

The School of Architecture at Taliesin’s board of directors reversed course at a meeting Thursday, the Phoenix Business Journal reported.

The school announced in January it was closing after the semester.

The Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation, which operates the properties, has the final say whether the school stays open.

About two dozen students are enrolled at the Taliesin West site at Frank Lloyd Wright Boulevard and Via Linda.

Students had protested, setting up a petition at that had collected more than 10,000 signatures Friday.

The Journal reported board President Aaron Betsky said several community members had pledged financial resources to help keep the school open.

The famed architect opened the school near the McDowell Mountains in 1932.

When the closure was made public, the foundation said it would still offer education programming at the property.

Last summer, Taliesin West, Wright’s winter retreat, was added to the UNESCO World Heritage List.

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