Don’t forget to visit well known attractions like Taliesin West, the winter home of Frank Lloyd Wright in Scottsdale, Arizona on vacation or business trips.
Frank Lloyd Wright’s way of life is visible throughout Scottsdale and Phoenix. Examples of this influence may be simple experiences guests have while relaxing with the earth elements at the FireSky Resort & Spa (480) 945-7666. Or, they may stay at Arizona Biltmore Resort in Phoenix (602) 955-6600, a building designed by Frank Lloyd Wright.
Wright was instrumental in the American ways of architecture which he described as organic architecture and usonian (named after USA houses). Wright believed, “A building is not just a place to be. It is a way to be,” as the Wright Foundation website says. Wright also designed other items like furniture, fabrics, art glass, lamps, dinnerware, silver, linens and graphic arts.
Wright’s Home, Taliesin West, Scottsdale, AZ
Taliesin West is still a place students apply to study in the residential community of architecture. Wright started Taliesin West in 1937 as a winter retreat in the McDowell Mountains of Arizona to escape the cold weather in Wisconsin. It was considered daring and different to create homes for desert living during this era.
Visitors do not have to be architect students to enjoy this attraction. Taliesin West is easy to find at 12621 North Frank Lloyd Wright Blvd in Scottsdale. (480) 860-2700 Parking is free and tickets may be purchased in the Gift Shop, where there are also some great architecture books to browse and purchase.
People may choose from a variety of tours. The local guides do an excellent job of capturing the Frank Lloyd Wright story, his architecture, the Wright Foundation, and even stories about the students, who are still active around the grounds. Bring a hat and a bottle of water (water may be purchased in the Gift Shop) along on the tour because there is walking in and out of the desert sun.
Tours at Taliesin West, Scottsdale, AZ
The most popular tour is the 90-minute Insights tour. This tour goes through the same buildings as the Panorama tour with a highlight of seeing the Wright Living Room.
Visitors enter the living room through a Wright style low-ceiling and stone-wall space. The entry way opens into a 56-feet long by 34-feet wide room linked to the garden and bedroom wing by expansive windows. Visitors get to sit in Wright-design furniture and pretend they are guests in his legendary home.
Insight Tours begin every 30 minutes November through April and every hour on the hour May through October. No reservations are needed and tickets are $32 for adults and with typical discounts offered in other age categories.