|Taliesin West main entry plaza|
|What Wright Wrought|
|Wright supervises apprentices in the canvas-roofed design studio of |
Taliesin West seen here during the late 1940s.
|The considerable scale of the Taliesin West campus sprawl can be seen here in the detailed floor plans of the desert compound.|
|Taliesin West--broad horizontals broken by occasional diagonals, |
and everywhere, warm, earthy, stone and concrete.
|The Garden Room, Taliesin West. The desert is never far away.|
|Taliesin Work Room wing as reflected in its emergency fire suppression facility.|
Since the death of Frank Lloyd Wright in 1959 at the age of 91, Taliesin West has evolved into a tourist attraction as well as an architectural school with shades of desert commune. Apprentices still come from around the world to study under former Wright apprentices now some two generations removed from the man himself. The dessert showplace is much prettier now, looking very much at home in the 21st century, having shed its dry, brown, desert rawness in favor of pretty cactus flowers, elegant landscaping, and carefully manicured lawns. The ample parking lot is neatly paved and lined, the gift shop well stocked, the guides well-versed in everything there is to know about Wright, Taliesin (both of them), and the rules and regulations of architecture according to their long dead idol.
|Taliesin at Twilight, now having taken on the warm aura of a 21st century winter resort.|
Click below to catch an eight-minute glimpse of the Taliesin West Wright knew during the 1950s in the years shortly before his death: