Arizona Biltmore Hotel (1927), Phoenix, Arizona


As the consulting architect, Wright collaborated with a former student, Albert Chase McArthur, on the design for the Arizona Biltmore Hotel. Although McArthur is the architect of record, Wright’s dramatic style is apparent throughout the resort’s design. The Biltmore was erected entirely of “Biltmore Block,” a variation on a textile block first used by Wright to construct private homes. The pre-cast blocks were made from desert sand on-site and created in 34 different geometric patterns inspired by the trunk of a palm tree.

 
Location: 2400 East Missouri Avenue, Phoenix, AZ 85016
 


Sources:
William Allin Storrer, The Architecture of Frank Lloyd Wright (1995), #221.
Thomas A. Heinz, Frank Lloyd Wright Field Guide (2005), pp. 74-75.
“Arizona Biltmore: Resort History,” www.arizonabiltmore.com/about-the-biltmore/resort-history/.