Scottsdale in Maricopa County, Arizona — The American Mountains (Southwest)
Frank Lloyd Wright and Arizona
Wright visited Arizona in 1927 when he was asked to consult on the designs for the Arizona Biltmore. In the years following that visit, Wright and draughtsmen spent time at temporary sites in Arizona including a desert camp they constructed near Chandler in 1929 which Wright named "Ocatilla."
Finally, in 1937, Wright decided he wanted a more permanent winter residence and he acquired several hundred acres of raw, rugged desert at the foothills of the McDowell Mountains near Scottsdale, Arizona. Here he and apprentices began the construction of Taliesin West as a "Desert Camp" where they planned to live each winter to escape the harsh Wisconsin weather. Taliesin West, as conceived by Wright, was to be a bold new endeavor for desert living - "a look over the rim of the world," in the architect's own words.
Yet while Taliesin West was to be a bold new architectural experiment, the designs for Taliesin West reflected Wright's basic architectural ideas - applied to new circumstances and, therefore, producing new forms. Those principles, which formed the basis for Wright's "Organic Architecture" were based on a philosophy that integrated buildings with their surroundings, drawing inspiration from the nature of their settings, while providing an ideal environment for working and living.
Arnold Roy, Architect
Arnold Roy apprenticed to Frank Lloyd Wright and he was the architect for this park. He currently resides at Taliesin West in Scottsdale.
Heloise Crista apprenticed to Frank Lloyd Wright and produced the sculpture for this park. She currently resides at Taliesin West in Scottsdale.
Erected by Taliesin West and City of Scottsdale.
Location. 33° 38.249′ N, 111° 55.482′ W. Marker is in Scottsdale, Arizona, in Maricopa County. Touch for map. Marker is in the Frank Lloyd Wright Commemorative Park, immediately southeast of the intersection of Scottsdale Road and Frank Lloyd Wright Boulevard, at The Promenade Shopping Center. Marker is at or near this postal address: 16427 North Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale AZ 85254, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 10 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Spire (a few steps from this marker); National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona (approx. 6.7 miles away); Unidentified Veterans (approx. 6.7 miles away); Veterans Memorial Carillon (approx. 6.8 miles away); Chief Washakie (approx. 7½ miles away); The Original Site of the Desert Mission Passing the Legacy (approx. 9½ miles away); Permanent Home of the "Beavers" (approx. 9.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Scottsdale.
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