Taliesin West


Taliesin West
Taliesin West was the personal residence and architectural school of the American architect Frank Lloyd Wright. The name Taliesin - Welsh for "shining brow" was chosen for two reasons: Wright's Welsh ancestry and its actual situation - on the brow of a hill. Wright was born in Richland Center, Wisconsin in 1869. In 1887 he dropped out of college and found work in an architectural office in Chicago, before starting his own practice in 1894. Ever since his first long-term stay in Arizona in 1929 (while recovering from double pneumonia), he had been anxious to return to this region in order to escape the intensely cold winters of his home state, Wisconsin.

Taliesin West, predominantly constructed from local stone and sand, was built in the Sonoran Desert at the foothills of the McDowell Mountains in north-eastern Scottsdale. Wright lived, worked and entertained here from 1937 until his death in 1959. In his sixties, an age when most men are retiring, Wright continued to design buildings that revolutionised architecture - his most prolific period being his twilight years. The older he got the more revolutionary and innovative his designs became - with his design for the Guggenheim Museum in New York City for example, being completed in 1959, the year he died at the age of 90.

Wright's philosophy was of "organic architecture" in that he believed a building should form an integral part of its natural surroundings and that it should also enhance both person and environment. Some further examples of his work includes; the Imperial Hotel, Tokyo, Japan, Edgar J. Kaufmann House "Fallingwater" Mill Run, Pennsylvania, Marin County Civic Center, San Rafael, California and Avery Coonley House, Riverside, Illinois, but it is Taliesin West that is perhaps the most significant - it is here after all where Wright produced the majority of what is considered to be his most significant work, and where he shared his knowledge and skills by training future generations of visionary architects. View images of Taliesin West by Jacquie Lumb and Richard Lumb here Menu: here.wildlife, trees,

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