Revisiting a master
Trip Start May 09, 2009
96Trip End May 27, 2010
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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!!)
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