Scottsdale, AZ – June 2005 – Taliesin West

Having been a Frank Lloyd Wright fan for many years we took the opportunity to visit Taliesin West in Scottsdale, Arizona. What served as his winter home and a school from 1937 until 1959 when he died, Taliesin West continues to this day as an architecture school.

While it differs from what most think of a FLW design, it does pay tribute to the local native people, as well as celebrates the abundant sunshine that Arizona provides.

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The facility uses Native American symbols throughout.

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Wright’s design made a connection to the desert in the use of long, low, sweeping lines.

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When they were building the site they found Native petroglyphs onsite.

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The landscaping throughout provides vivid color from the flowering bushes.

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There is significant use of stone throughout.

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The interior, as with most FLW design, has extensive built in furniture.

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A bust of FLW adorned the last room toured.

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