Taliesin West (1937 and after), Scottsdale, Arizona
Wright followed the recommendation of his doctor to escape the cold and damp Wisconsin winters and built a winter home on Maricopa Mesa in northeast Scottsdale for himself and the Taliesin Fellowship. From 1937 onward, members of the Fellowship worked on the structures that comprised the “winter camp”, continuously enlarging and revising under Wright’s supervision. The basic form remained constant — massive base walls of desert rubblestone embedded in concrete, surmounted by redwood frames and expanses of white canvas. The diffused light softened the harsh glare of the sun and provided an ideal environment for both studio and living quarters. Fiberglass and steel now replace much of the original structure.
Many of Wright’s most famous buildings were designed in the drafting room at Taliesin West, including the Guggenheim Museum and Grady Gammage Auditorium. Taliesin West continues as the headquarters of The Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation and as the winter home for the Taliesin School of Architecture. As in Wright’s time, students and faculty spend the summers in Spring Green, Wisconsin. The structure was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1982.
Location: 12621 Frank Lloyd Wright Boulevard, Scottsdale, AZ 85261
Tours are given every day except for the four major holidays. Reservation is required. Admission Fee.
William Allin Storrer, The Architecture of Frank Lloyd Wright (1995), #241.
Thomas A. Heinz, Frank Lloyd Wright Field Guide (2005), pp. 85-86
Robin Langley Sommer, “Taliesin West,” Frank Lloyd Wright: A Gatefold Portfolio (1997), no page number.
“Taliesin West,” Wikipedia.