Taliesin West

Located in the McDowell Mountains outside of Scottsdale, Arizona, Taliesin West is the home of the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation and the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture.

BG was our guide, she has been there for 20 years and made both Wrights come alive for us, conveying him as a true visionary.

Mrs. Wright said of her husband that he observed everything, which caused him to incorporate everything into his designs and structures.

Isn’t that an incredible approach to living an expansive life?

We enjoyed the description of Taliesin evenings – formal dinners every week where the Wrights and the students made the food, served it and dined with visitors—from politicians to Hollywood stars to other celebrities. Wright felt that you couldn’t be an architect in a vacuum, that you had to learn social skills in order to be successful. Mrs. Wright and their daughter taught music and dancing.

They were very self-sufficient.

The Wrights had separate bedrooms because he would get up at random hours and work. The rooms were adjacent to each other with doors that fully opened to let the outside in. Wouldn’t that be a great way to end each evening and start each morning?

Mrs. Wright got up at 6:00 in order to delegate the daily duties to the students.

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The Wales connection

Wright’s Welsh heritage inspired him to use the name Taliesin because in Cymraeg—the language of Wales—it means brow (tal) and shining (iesin), he felt shining brow described the area—on the edge.

Tour prices range from $19 to $75. We took the Insights Tour, which was 1.5 hours, included the living room, garden room, bedrooms, music pavilion and cabaret theatre, as well as the landscaped areas. Pre-buying tickets is a good idea, tour sizes are limited and sometimes there is a price reduction.

This quote is inspiring: “The mission of the architect is to help people understand how to make life more beautiful, the world a better one for living in, and to give reason, rhyme, and meaning to life.” Frank Lloyd Wright, 1957


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