Insights Tour of Taliesin West - Frank Lloyd Wright's Winter Residence

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Real Estate Agent with HomeSmart Elite Group Tempe AZ Tel: 480-966-9353 SA585680000

Taliesin West is architect Frank Lloyd Wright's winter residence, one of my favourite Phoenix landmarks. I often buy an annual membership and love to revisit several times thoughout the year - the docent's stories are always different, yet equally entertaining, informative, and memorable, delivered with an elegant sense of humor.

 

 

With each visit I discover different aspects of the talent and influence of the architect in the Phoenix area. 

My last visit to Taliesin was prompted by a sudden change in my schedule, and I was so happy and grateful that there was a spot on the tour.

Our docent was a lady who had seen in 1964 the construction of Gammage Hall , Arizona State University's Performing Arts Center. She also knew one of the students/apprentices, Heloise Crista, a sculptor, whose work can be seen on the Taliesin West campus. Heloise Crista lived on the Taliesin West campus and passed away last year at age 92. Two of her bronze sculptures below:

 

The route of the tour was through the architect's work studio/office, the front of the school building with expansive views of the whole Phoenix area, though the breezeway, the living room, the bedrooms, the Kiva, the dining area, the Drafting Studio, the Music Pavilion and the Cabaret. The views from the living room are amazing; on the photos below, if you squint your eyes, you may see the Black Mountain and the Superstitions mountains, about 72 miles away. 

 

 

The docent demonstrated the incredible accoustics in the cabaret. People sitting on the last row can hear equally well as the ones in the first row - why, there are no parallel walls in the cabaret building.

The Drafting studio had no students in it now, as the they are in Taliesin Wisconsin until early October. Then they come back to Taliesin West in Scottsdale, AZ for their winter semester, and stay till end of April. Frank Lloyd Wright liked to collect cars, he had 92 of them and they helped transport faculty, staff and apprentices in a caravan-like manner back and forth between Taliesin Wisconsin and Taliesin West.  The Master's Degree program in Architecture has an enrollment of about 30 students. The 8-week Immersive Program is geared towards college-level students and adults of all ages. I glanced quickly into the syllabus of the Spring Immersion Program, which was themed "Escape in a World of Connectivity", inviting participants to search for answers to questions like: 'what is escape in a world full of connectivity', 'is it possible to be 'lost' when everything is tracked', 'what is the aesthetic value of the contemporary, colonized desert'.

The Insights tour takes about 1.5 hours, and is a memorable experience.

 

 

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Steffy Hristova, MBA, SFR, CNE, Realtor®

HomeSmart Elite Group
Tel:  (480) 966-9353

10601  N. Hayden Rd. I-100
Scottsdale AZ 85260

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Michael Jacobs
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Hello Steffy - what a fortunate opportunity for you.  Although I have been to Phoenix(not for many years) this is one of my dream destinations.  I have seen Grady Gammage Hall as well as other FLW designs locally and in Illinois/Pennsyvlania.  

Sep 22, 2019 08:22 PM #1
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Candice A. Donofrio
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NOTHING is more hip than a FLW house. It is just my style all day!

I remember a silly buyer in my first year of real estate out here that wanted 'a FLW style home' LOLLL in my area, honey you gotta create that from the ground up and you better have a big budget! 

Sep 23, 2019 06:01 AM #2
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Brian England
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I have actually never visited, one of the many things that I still have to see in Arizona, even though I have lived in Arizona my whole life, haha.

Sep 23, 2019 09:20 AM #3
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Anna Banana Kruchten CRB, GRI, WLS
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Hi Steffy Hristova Tallesin is one of my favorites places to visit! Always something new and intersting to learn every time I've been out there.  Visitors LOVE going there too!

Sep 23, 2019 02:59 PM #4
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Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
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Hi Steffy Hristova - What a great opportunity you have in AZ! I have been in a few FLW homes before but never in AZ. I can understand why you enjoy visiting often and why you discover something new each time. He was such a gift to America! You are also a very special gift to us on ActiveRain. 

Thank you for sharing all your photos and additional information I never knew. You're a gem. 

Sep 23, 2019 11:29 PM #5
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Steffy Hristova
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Hi Michael Jacobs , now is the right season for visiting the Phoenix area - we just had rain yesterday, and the weather is super nice, seventies-eighties temperatures. You have the Hollyhock House nearby - I have never been there, but hope to visit one day.

Sep 24, 2019 07:53 AM #6
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Steffy Hristova
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Hi Candice A. Donofrio , his concept of building homes to fit the person, living in it, is so great. Even before we knew about the "compress and release" concept, we must have liked it subconsciously, because we bought our current home within half an hour of entering in it. I can see so many places where FLW's influences are felt.

What did your Buyers end up buyng? Or, did they build a home?

Sep 24, 2019 08:01 AM #7
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Hi Brian England , with so many wonderful places around here in this touristy area, it's hard to visit all of them. I stumbled upon it, because a client of mine, who had graduated from there had invited me for an event. It's fun to see the shelters that the students build for themselves while attending school.

Sep 24, 2019 08:07 AM #8
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Hi Anna Banana Kruchten CRB, CRS 602-380-4886 , yes, that's exactly how I feel, too. And, yes, visitors must love it, because any time I take a tour, it's about 20-25 people, and if the docent asks where they are from - we hear places from all over the country and many from abroad.

Sep 24, 2019 08:10 AM #9
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Steffy Hristova
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Hi Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP , thank you for your precious comment. I always enjoy reading your posts - they are so inspiring, so poetic, so informative. I was looking yesterday at the clouds here in Tempe and thinking about the essay you had written.

Sep 24, 2019 08:25 AM #10
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Myrl Jeffcoat
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Frank Lloyd Wright is one of those architects that simply broke convention and the norm.  There's no question about that!

Sep 24, 2019 10:08 AM #11
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Myrl Jeffcoat
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CONGRATULATIONS Steffy, on having this blog FEATURED in the PHOTOS group!

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