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- Isabella Gilkes,GilbertMy goodness! Thank you Isabella.And thanks to all of you who respondedto our readership survey. Your input willmost certainly help us to maintain ourposition as the Arizona traveler’s fore-most source of Arizona tourist informa-tion. Your data will aid us in tailoring oureditorial and advertising focus to yourspecific interests. But before that, it mustbe said, with great thanks and humility,your praise and enthusiasm for the AZTourist News has us blushing, braggingand pleasantly invigorated.It’s hard not to get excited when folkslike Nick Massimiano of ColoradoSpringsreport that,
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‘Nuff said.The splash of sunlight across red rock, the glint of water shining in blue fountains and gentle reflectingpools. The smell of fresh desert in summer sunlightand the cool feel of sheltering, embracing rooms.Famed architect Frank Lloyd Wright came to theArizona desert to create an oasis, a masterpiece of calming beauty, created from the land itself. He calledhis home Taliesin West, and more than 60 years later,guests can experience the inspired work of the archi-tect.Wright built the sprawling, sheltered complex onthe 600-acre site beginning in 1937. Today, guests areamazed at the seemingly modern concepts he used inetching the buildings into the earth at the base of Scottsdale’s McDowell Mountains.Taliesin West served as Wright’s winter home, stu-dio and architectural campus from 1937 until his deathin 1959. Aschedule tailored for the summer and fallmonths allows guests to explore the campus, cited bymany as the showpiece of Wright’s ability to blendindoor and outdoor spaces.Tours explore Taliesin West and guests are treatedto Wright’s vision of a “simple” desert camp. His per-sonal office, Kiva meeting room, Music Pavilion andCabaret dinner theater are all spaces in which visitorssit and enjoy Wright’s architecture.Visiting Taliesin West is crucial in understandingthe genius of Wright and his architectural principles.Mitered glass windows encompass sweeping horizons,walls built in exacting angles wipe away views of modern advance. Walls made of stone collected fromthe land allow for passive solar design, and canvasroofs bring in filtered sunlight during the day andrelease ambient light in the evening, washing theentire campus in a calming glow.The showpiece of Taliesin West is the living room,or “Garden Room” as Wright called it. Entrance to theroom is through a typically Wrightian low-ceiling,stone-wall space which leads to a room 56-feet longby 34-feet at one place and 24-feet at another. Alargefireplace dominates the far end of the room and thearchitect designed most of the furniture. It was in thismagnificent room that Wright entertained his guests.Since its earliest days, visitors have been welcomeat Taliesin West. Abroad range of tours is offered allyear long. The summer season runs through October.No tours are offered on Tuesdays or Wednesdays dur-ing July and August.Wright called Taliesin West a “look over the rim of the world.” On the two-hour
“Night Lights on theDesert Tour”
visitors view a carpet of city lightsspread out below, the fire-breathing dragon, thefamous living room and other unique spaces. This touris offered three times on Friday nights only, beginningat 6:30, 7 & 7:30 pm.The summer day schedule includes the one-hour
offered daily at 9, 10, and 11 am.Knowledgeable guides take visitors to the Pavilion,Cabaret, Wright’s office and the Kiva—all linked bydramatic terraces, walkways and fountains.The popular 90-minute
is offered daily at 9:30 & 11:30 am and at noon, 1, 2,3 & 4 pm, (and also at 10:30 am in September andOctober.) This tour includes everything on thePanorama tour plus a visit to the dramatic LivingRoom.Athree-hour
“Behind the Scenes”
tour includestea in the colorful dining room and a visit to the SunCottage. It is offered Monday and Saturday mornings(also on Thursdays in September and October) startingat 9 am.A90-minute
“Architecture Discovery Tour,”
offered daily, June through August at 10:30 am & 1:30pm, is specially designed for families with school-agechildren. Families learn how Wright took everydayshapes and objects—along with vivid colors and strik-ing patterns—to create buildings that are works of art.Enter the 600-acre site at Frank Lloyd WrightBoulevard (114th St.) and Cactus Road, in northeastScottsdale.
The winterschedule is available atwww.franklloydwright.org orby calling (480) 860-2700 ext. 494 or495.