I am as much of a fan of stadiums and architecture as I am baseball, so when I had the change to spend some time in Phoenix in March during Major League Baseball’s Spring Training, I was overjoyed.
Some time in the warm sun, couple with a plethora of places to go.
Glendale, Arizona – Camelback Ranch – Los Angeles Dodgers vs. Kansas City Royals
Peoria, Arizona – Peoria Sports Complex – Seattle Mariners vs. San Francisco Giants
Surprise, Arizona – Surprise Stadium – Kansas City Royals vs. Milwaukee Brewers
Goodyear, Arizona – Goodyear Sports Complex – Cincinnati Reds vs. Cleveland Indians
Phoenix – Municipal Stadium – Oakland Athletics vs. Chicago Cubs
Phoenix – Maryvale Baseball Complex – Milwaukee Brewers Practice
Mesa – Hohokam Stadium – Chicago Cubs vs. Chicago White Sox (and cold weather)
With a few hours before my flight at the end of a road trip to California and Arizona, I swung by the Arizona Biltmore.
On the way to the airport I made a stop at the Arizona State Capital grounds.
Our trip continued into Arizona, where we spent the day in Phoenix before catching an evening flight to San Antonio.
We started out in a resort called Wigwam
A nice, hot hike on South Mountain was next.
Camelback Mountain and PHX
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.
The facility uses Native American symbols throughout.
Wright’s design made a connection to the desert in the use of long, low, sweeping lines.
When they were building the site they found Native petroglyphs onsite.
The landscaping throughout provides vivid color from the flowering bushes.
There is significant use of stone throughout.
The interior, as with most FLW design, has extensive built in furniture.
A bust of FLW adorned the last room toured.