Frank Lloyd Wright was a famous writer, interior designer, and educator who is recognized for being one of the greatest American architects. Even if you aren’t familiar with his name, chances are you’ve seen some of his work, which includes over 500 different structures spread throughout the United States. (Fallingwater, in Pennsylvania, is a popular one!)
Arizona has quite a few, in and near Scottsdale. If you’re in the area, here is a list of sites to check out.
12621 Frank Lloyd Wright Boulevard, Scottsdale, AZ
Wright once said, “Taliesin West is a look over the rim of the world.” This breathtaking National Historic Landmark in the middle of the desert was built in 1937 and used as Wright’s winter home. It is also the last home he occupied until his passing in 1951, at the age of 91. It was at this location that Wright established the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation and a School of Architecture.
7207 E Frank Lloyd Wright Blvd, Scottsdale, AZ
Wright designed this 125 ft tall, 75,000-pound spire in 1957 for the capital of Arizona to use. Sadly, he didn’t live to see its placement. Because Pheonix rejected the idea, it didn’t go up for another sixty years! It can now be found in the city of Scottsdale, located at the intersections of Frank Lloyd Wright Boulevard and Scottsdale Road, near the Promenade Mall. At night it lights up with a soothing blue glow. You can find the original blueprints inside of the Taliesin house.
6750 North 7th Avenue, Phoenix, AZ
Wright designed this structure to be a Classical University, complete with a chapel, on an 80-acre property. However, it was never built, and in 1971, Wright’s widow granted permission for the drawings to be used instead for a new First Christian Church.
2400 East Missouri Avenue, Phoenix, AZ
This hotel was created in 1929, collaboratively with Harvard student, Albert Chase McArthur, who studied under Wright for two years in Chicago. Today it is an Arizona landmark.
1200 S Forest Avenue, Tempe, AZ
After the original roof collapsed on the Arizona State University auditorium in 1956, Frank Lloyd Wright was recruited by a friend to help design a new one. Today, it is still there. This is considered to be Wright’s last public commission. You might recognize the building from the 2004 closing Presidential Debate between George W. Bush and John Kerry.