Sunday, May 05, 2019

Arizona trip, Day 1, April 2, Taliesin West

With a three hour time difference, we arrived in Phoenix 20 minutes early and before lunch.  Rick and Kate's son, daughter-in-law and grandson live there, so they know the area well, and had a favorite restaurant, Mimi's in Scottsdale not far from Taliesin.  We had purchased tickets on-line for Taliesin West, but arrived an hour early and had no problem getting them changed.

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 School of Architecture at Taliesin and houses the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation. The Foundation has attempted to keep it looking much as it did in the 1950s, and it is a very popular tourist destination. We'd visited a number of FLW buildings and homes 10-15 years ago, in Ohio, New York, Oklahoma, and Illinois so we loved being able to see this final phase of his career.
Promotion photo of the Taliesin campus
Waiting for our docent--it was extremely hot with little shade
Students at work, a three year Master of Architecture program
Our docent explaining the history of the buildings and how the school works
One of many sculptures by Heloise Crista who died in March, 2018 at 92. 
Seeking some shade in the gift shop
Auditorium where students gathered with Wright for socializing

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