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Taliesin West

In 1937, the piece of land that would one day house Taliesin West was classified by the Arizona government as a wasteland, not fit for any kind of public development. However, where others saw only devastation, legendary architect Frank Lloyd Wright saw something else. “Finally I learned of a site twenty-six miles from Phoenix, across the desert of the vast Paradise Valley. On up to a great mesa in the mountains. On the mesa just below McDowell Peak we stopped, turned, and looked around. The top of the world.” While Wright and his students had been visiting Arizona since 1933, only then would they permanently establish themselves there.
Taliesin West was designed by Frank Lloyd Wright as his winter residence and thus, is incredibly unique among Wright’s category of work. While most of his projects were designed with the public in mind Taliesin West was built for his own use and could thus be considered the most personal of his projects. Without having to be held responsible to any particular client, Wright was free to pursue his vision of an architectural style unique to the desert. He believed that “Arizona needs its own architecture…Arizona’s long, low, sweeping lines, uptilting planes. Surface patterned after such abstraction in line and color as find ‘realism’ in the patterns of the rattlesnake, the Gila monster, the chameleon, and the saguaro, cholla or staghorn—or is it the other way around—are inspiration enough.”
Currently, Taliesin West serves as the headquarters for the Frank Lloyd Wright foundation and hosts The School of Architecture at Taliesin during the Fall and Spring semesters. To this day, it continues to house aspiring artists and architectures within its walls, carrying on the teachings of Frank Lloyd Wright.


Taliesin West- Rear Lawn
Taliesin West- Rear Lawn Taliesin West was constructed in 1937 by legendary architect Frank Lloyd Wright. Creator: Mark Simonitis Date: July 2017
Taliesin West- Rear Path
Taliesin West- Rear Path When Frank Lloyd Wright purchased the land on which Taliesin West now sits, the Arizona government considered the area a wasteland. Creator: Mark Simonitis Date: July, 2017
Taliesin West- Pool
Taliesin West- Pool Taliesin West served as Frank Lloyd Wright's winter residence until his death in 1959. Creator: Mark Simonitis Date: July, 2017
Taliesin West- Statue
Taliesin West- Statue As one of the few structures constructed by Frank Lloyd Wright for personal use rather than public viewing, Taliesin West possesses an architectural style completely different than that of the majority of his works. Creator: Mark Simonitis Date: July, 2017
Taliesin West- Stone
Taliesin West- Stone Today, Taliesin West hosts the headquarters of The Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation and the winter campus for the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture. Creator: Mark Simonitis Date: July, 2017



Mark Simonitis, “Taliesin West,” Salt River Stories, accessed June 24, 2024,