Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Taliesin West--On the Road with Frank Lloyd Wright

We have seen a fair share of the Frank Lloyd Wright buildings throughout the Midwest, but in several recent trips to Arizona we have never quite managed to schedule a visit to Taliesin West in Scottsdale. This was to be the year and we planned our departure from Tucson to include a day in the Phoenix area. Other than that horrid power line that suddenly sprouted one summer to obscure Wright's treasured view, the Taliesin West complex is every bit as exciting and architecturally integrated as the Spring Green one. From the rolling hills of Wisconsin (below)
to the rust colored desert.

Here, the native stones, encased in concrete, were raised into thick heat resistant walls literally without the assistance of modern machinery.

I found the night club intriguing because it manages to seem simultaneously subterraenean and airy.

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