Taliesin West, Scottsdale, Arizona, USA

An incredible home in the desert. It is difficult to imagine Scottsdale in the late 1930s, when the population was barely 2700, especially today when it is more than a quarter million and still growing. He likely paid little more than the $2.50 per acre that it cost U.S. Army Chaplain, Winfield Scott — who the city is named after — back in the early 1880s. Entering the “estate” however, imagination is easier; the desert surrounding Taliesin West swallows it whole. It is not until one is on the “doorstep” to the place, that one can see anything at all of the buildings; they so perfectly blend in with the desert. In Wright’s own words, Taliesin West would be “a look over the rim of the world”, serving as an architectural laboratory for him for the next 20 years.

Taliesin West was architect Frank Lloyd Wright’s winter home and school in the desert from 1937 until his death in 1959 at the age of 91. Today it is the main campus of the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture and houses the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation.

Open to the public for tours, Taliesin West is located on Frank Lloyd Wright Boulevard in Scottsdale, Arizona, USA. The complex drew its name from Wright’s summer home, Taliesin, in Spring Green, Wisconsin.

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