Phoenix – March 2012 – Arizona Baseball Spring Training

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

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Peoria, Arizona – Peoria Sports Complex – Seattle Mariners vs. San Francisco Giants

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Surprise, Arizona – Surprise Stadium – Kansas City Royals vs. Milwaukee Brewers

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Goodyear, Arizona – Goodyear Sports Complex – Cincinnati Reds vs. Cleveland Indians

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Phoenix – Municipal Stadium – Oakland Athletics vs. Chicago Cubs

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Phoenix – Maryvale Baseball Complex – Milwaukee Brewers Practice

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Mesa – Hohokam Stadium – Chicago Cubs vs. Chicago White Sox (and cold weather)

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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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