Located at the base of the McDowell Mountains, Frank Lloyd Wright’s Taliesin West seems to rise up out of the Sonoran landscape, displaying his masterful ability to design structures inspired by the surrounding environment and which enhance, rather than detract from, the panorama. Began in 1937, Wright’s winter home and architecture studio in Scottsdale is open to the public and can offer design enthusiasts an unforgettable glimpse into the life and works of the legendary architect.
If you’re the kind of person who’s constantly noticing form following function, consider making a reservation for a private, three-hour, behind-the-scenes tour, which provides the most exclusive look at the property and includes a few extra stops not covered on the other tours. Lead by an architect, Wright associate, Taliesin artist or personal guide, you’ll see and learn about Wright’s private office, Cabaret Theater, Music Pavilion, The Kiva, and Sun Cottage or other desert site. In fact, you and your party will even take pause in the Dining Room for a spot of tea and some relaxed conversation, as well as gather in Wright’s living room, known as the Garden Room – one of the most famous rooms at Taliesin West. Experience what it must have been like for guests in the architect’s lifetime to socialize in the Garden Room’s magnificent 56-foot-by-34-foot entertaining space, with its dramatic stone walls and plenty of windows looking out over the Sonoran Desert landscape.
Best of all, the behind-the-scenes tour offers a no-rush way to see Wright’s home, allowing guests plenty of time to ask questions, absorb the impact of the designs, and take photographs of the stunning interiors and exteriors. Contact the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation to make your tour reservation.
Taliesin West is located at 12621 N. Frank Lloyd Wright Blvd. in Scottsdale (480) 860-2700, ext. 494 or 495