Taliesin West was architect Frank Lloyd Wright’s winter home and school in the desert near Scottsdale, AZ from 1937 until his death in 1959 at the age of 91. Today it is the main campus of the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture. The complex drew its name from Wright’s summer home, Taliesin, in Spring Green Wisconsin. Here is what you might see:
This is a working school so you will need to take a guided tour. You can buy the tickets on-line or just show up. It has a great bookstore with a lot of nice merchandise. The tour was very interesting and was really about the property and not about the man. If you are interested in FLW, this may not satisfy you. If you want to see a very unique property with interesting architectural history, this is a great tour.
My concluding impression is really a reverse of what I expected. I expected an architectural gem with really impressive features and details. What I did not know beforehand, is that this was really a “camp” that was built up over a long period of time by FLW’s students. It is simple, crude, unadorned, and functional. It is no palace or show piece. Once you get over this idea, the interesting architecture does take over and you see the genius in the small and large decisions that he made.
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