Taliesin West: Frank Lloyd Wright’s Winter Home

Taliesin West: Frank Lloyd Wright’s Winter Home

While in Arizona, we decided to check out the Frank Lloyd Wright estate called Taliesin West. I’m not an architecture junkie, but I was impressed with how the building and gardens were so well-suited to the natural landscape around them.

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Of course, that was no accident. Frank Lloyd Wright once said:

“Arizona needs its own architecture… Arizona’s long, low, sweeping lines, uptilting planes. Surface patterned after such abstraction in line and color as find ‘realism’ in the patterns of the rattlesnake, the Gila monster, the chameleon, and the saguaro, or staghorn – or is it the other way around—are inspiration enough.”

The walls were made of local desert rocks, because Wright favored using the materials readily available rather than those that must be shipped in.

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Every part of Taliesin West bears Frank Lloyd Wright’s personal touch, because he not only lived there for part of the year, he also worked and taught there. He constantly changed and improved on his design. All of the furniture and decorations were designed by Wright and the majority were built by his apprentices.

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Taliesin West is located at 12345 N. Taliesin Drive, Scottsdale AZ, 85258.  Telephone 480-627-5340.  Hours vary by season, so check the web site or call when planning your visit.

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