Anniversary Tour of Taliesin West

The Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy is offering a full-day event to mark the 75th anniversary of Taliesin West. Aside from a behind-the-scenes tour of Taliesin West, the day includes a tour of the Biltmore Hotel, access to the Harold Price, Sr. House and a evening event at the Phoenix Art Museum for the Wright exhibition Frank Lloyd Wright: Organic Architecture for the 21st Century. The tour will be Saturday, March 17.

Participants will begin the day with a professionally guided tour of the astonishingly beautiful Arizona Biltmore. In 1929, Wright traveled to Arizona to act as consultant to Albert C. McArthur—who had worked with Wright in the Oak Park Studio—for the design of a premier luxury hotel. McArthur’s intent was to utilize the textile block system Wright had developed in the early 1920s for four residential projects in the Los Angeles area. The result was the Arizona Biltmore, nicknamed “Jewel of the Desert.” The tour of the Biltmore will culminate with a visit to the exhibit, “Remembering Taliesin West: Photographs by Pedro E. Guerrero” on display in the hotel.

Seldom seen by the public, the Harold Price, Sr., House, was built as a winter house while the Price Tower was under construction in Bartlesville, Oklahoma. The house, more commonly known as the “Grandma House” because the Prices wanted their grandchildren to visit, is designed around an atrium court with a high ceiling and enclosing door featuring abstract murals by Eugene Masselink. Wright’s use of state-of-the-art materials and the spatial effects of the battered walls and reverse tapered columns and hovering roofs must be experienced to be truly appreciated.

The day will conclude at the Phoenix Art Museum for a private, after-hours reception and viewing of Frank Lloyd Wright: Organic Architecture for the 21st Century, created as a special anniversary exhibit for both of Wright’s homes, Taliesin West and Taliesin. Margo Stipe, registrar of the Frank Lloyd Wright Archives, will give a brief introduction to the exhibit, which features over 150 works designed by Wright, including scale models and 33 drawings never before exhibited. There will also be an exhibit of Asian artifacts from the Taliesin Archives, including screens, fabric and prints.

Special room rates are being offered at the Hotel San Carlos. Visit the FLWBC’s website for more information.