6 degrees of Frank Lloyd Wright

Scottsdale destinations connected to the architect

It’s been called Frank Lloyd Wright’s Sonoran Desert masterpiece: sandstone boulders were lugged across the southwestern wilderness and moulded with concrete to create a personal retreat, studio and architectural school in Scottsdale, Ariz. Taliesin West, which turns 75 this year, is where Wright drafted some of his most remarkable mid-century designs, including the Guggenheim Museum in New York. Wright’s influence still ripples throughout Scottsdale, where he spent winters until his death in 1959. Below are six Scottsdale experiences and destinations connected to America’s original starchitect.

  • Taliesin West

    Take the two-hour Night Lights tour for a different perspective of Frank Lloyd Wright’s 550-acre campus, a National Historic Landmark hosting 75th-anniversary festivities throughout 2012.

  • Ultimate Arts & Cultural Tours

    VIP tour guide Ace Bailey gets you into hallowed (and normally off-limits) spaces at Taliesin West, as well as Frank Lloyd Wright-commissioned private homes around Scottsdale. (ultimatearttours.com)

  • Cosanti

    At 94, Wright’s most famous apprentice, Paolo Soleri, still handcrafts bronze wind bells for the gift shop of his home studio, not to be confused with Arcosanti, his breathtaking experimental town in the desert. (www.cosanti.com)">cosanti.com)

  • Soleri Bridge

    Dial 480-612-6600 for a cellphone tour of Soleri’s stainless steel footbridge over a canal in the Scottsdale Waterfront area, which has upscale condos, boutiques and restaurants.

  • Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art (SMoCA)

    Scottsdale architect Willl Bruder, who studied under Soleri, converted a multiplex cinema into galleries exhibiting the work of James Turrell, Kiki Smith and others. (smoca.org)

  • Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain

    Wright protégé Hiram Hudson Benedict designed this exclusive hideaway resort in 1956, and its reputation is preserved by the current owners. (sanctuaryoncamelback.com)

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