The Taliesin West tour highlights stunning architecture in the desert
It was a sunny spring morning at the Magnuson Hotel Papago Inn in Scottsdale, AZ, and my parents and I were looking for an entertaining way to spend out afternoon. We are from rainy Seattle, and I was on spring break. After doing some internet searching, we discovered that Taliesin West was a short drive from the Magnuson Hotel Papago Inn. Once the home of famous American architect Frank Lloyd Wright, a tour of Taliesin West seemed like the perfect outdoor activity for my parents and me. I was able to sign us up for a tour that afternoon through their website. With a few clicks, our plans were made and drove off into the desert to find this mysterious home of the famous architect.
The first room we entered had a low-hanging canvas ceiling. It was filled with drawings and models of Wright’s accomplishments. His wife had made him put glass along the sides because unwanted critters kept sneaking in. The canvas ceiling created a laid back feeling. It was a strange combination of a permanent dwelling and a temporary shelter, however the canvas material offered the perfect amount of shade from the sun while allowing maximum air-flow. This was my first exposure to the fact that there was a purpose to every detail of Wright’s creations.
There are public tours everyday except Thanksgiving, Christmas and Easter. The tours are from one to three hours long. I highly recommend this trip, especially if you are staying at the Magnuson Hotel Papago Inn in Scottsdale because the drive is so simple and easy. It was refreshing to get out of the city and into nature while simultaneously learning about a great American artist. I was overwhelmed by the breathtaking setting and architecture, but also by the fact that I had stumbled on a special place. I hope to someday return to Taliesin West.
Written by Rebecca Wirta - Photos by Bret Wirta