Icons of Architecture: Taliesin West
One of modern architecture's most enduring shrines, Taliesin West,
is Frank Lloyd Wright's opus in the desert. It also has become one of Scottsdale's
most popular attractions, drawing everyone from architecture buffs to the merely curious.
Wright began building his collection of visionary structures here in 1937, which sparked a
new cycle of creativity in his work. Visitors today can walk the grounds, which flow in
harmony with the surrounding desert, and explore buildings that still serve their original
purpose as an educational facility and architectural firm.
Depending on their interests, visitors can choose from a wide variety of tour experiences at
Taliesin West. Options include everything from the Panorama Tour, which is a one-hour overview,
to the three-hour Behind the Scenes Tour, which offers an in-depth look at the many facets here
that mark Wright's genius, from furniture design to the structures themselves. Other tours include
Desert Walks (winter only), which showcases the structures' relation to the natural environment;
a shelter tour of the imaginative dwellings created by Taliesin West apprentices and the Night
Lights on the Desert Tour, which treats visitors to the magical view of Wright's desert masterpiece
lit from within. The effect rendered is the transformation of the buildings into oversized sculptures
framed by dramatic views of the city shimmering below.
Frank Lloyd Wright's Taliesin West