Frank Lloyd Wright: Taliesin West

Welcome to Taliesin West. In the desert hills of Scottsdale, Arizona, is the winter home, studio and architectural school of Frank Lloyd Wright and his fellowship. Frank Lloyd Wright began construction on Taliesin West in 1937 and lived here until his passing in 1959. He was 91 years old. The Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture still has its main campus here. Among other acceptance requirements, to study at the school, you must design, build and live in your own little desert shelter on the property! Your given budget… $3,000! Only a few are up to the challenge every year. Imagine that! You can bet they don’t have air conditioning!

A public tour was a highlight of my recent jaunt to AZ.

Created of the earth…Wright and his apprentices collected rocks and sand from the surrounding desert to build an organic masterpiece.

{Living Room Photo: Karen Morton via Flickr / Origami Chair Photo: Simon Clay Photo, “Frank Lloyd Wright”, Iain Thomson, Thunder Bay, 1997, via PrairieMod}

Unfortunately, we were not allowed to take photos inside the private residence, so the last two photos above are from the noted sources. “What? No photos? Oops, I forgot!” I shoulda been a rebel. ;)

Taliesin, the summer home, is located in Spring Green, Wisconsin. Don’t see myself getting there any time soon…then again, you never know…


Meesh xo

8 Responses to Frank Lloyd Wright: Taliesin West

  1. You magnificently captured the highlights of this masterpiece estate! Very well done, and excellent photos! Would loved to have experienced the dinner theatre!

  2. I was waiting for the chair – I knew there had to be one! It reminds me of an angular Saarinen Womb chair. Very cool!

  3. Given that you couldn’t take your own photos, it’s a good thing – for you AND us – that you found a published photo of the Origami Chair :-)

    It seems to me that he’s been influenced by historical architectural in the design of this house. For example: the stone & sand walls by the pool (first shot) are reminiscent of the Myan Pyramids; the shape of the house itself, with it’s peaked room, makes me think of a teepee; and the shapes and angles of the exterior revealed wood seems influenced by art and architecure of the local Navajo tribes. Very cool!!


    • Very insightful Victoria! I can totally see the historical references to which you refer. There are Native American petroglyphs on the site, although I wasn’t lucky enough to see them.

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