Revisiting a master

Trip Start May 09, 2009
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Trip End May 27, 2010


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Thursday, March 25, 2010

While Jim prepared for a backpacking trip to the Grand Canyon, my daughter, Emily, flew in to Phoenix to join my sister, her friends and me for a long weekend.  She stayed the night with us in Scottsdale and the next day we left for Sedona.  However, a trip to Scottsdale would not be complete without a visit to Taliesin West, so we stopped there for a tour before heading north. 

Taliesin West is the architecture school and former winter home of one of the great American masters of architecture -- Frank Lloyd Wright.  Wright built Taliesin West to escape the harsher winters of Wisconsin, where the original Taliesin is located.  Family, staff and students split their time between the two locations.  Lucky them.  I haven't seen Taliesin in Spring Green, WI but the setting for Taliesin West is amazing -- in the beautiful Sonoran desert in the foothills of the McDowell Mountains.  This was my third time visiting Taliesin West and it always makes me wonder why I didn't pursue architecture in college (oh, yeah, it was the math requirements!!).  Taliesin West is still an active architectural school and home to the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation. 

The hand of Frank Lloyd Wright is evident throughout the buildings and grounds where he practiced his design philosophy of integrating indoor and outdoor spaces.  It's a testament to his genius that Taliesin West has a timeless quality, even though he started building there in 1937 (and finished in 1959). 

Please note:  photos are not allowed inside the buildings, so unfortunately, I can't share the amazing rooms that we toured.  Wright designed all aspects of his buildings - furniture, rugs, leaded windows, light fixtures, etc.- resulting in organic harmony and balance.

It was hard to tear ourselves away from this beautiful site (especially Emily who is a mid-century modern fan), but the equally beautiful Sedona beckoned.

For those who want to know more, check this link:  http://www.franklloydwright.org
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