On a recent trip to the Scottsdale area, I had the opportunity to visit Frank Lloyd Wright's Taliesin West. It was an inspiring and educational experience. I learned a lot about this iconic architect whose work and style continue to infuse modern architecture World wide.
Taliesin West was founded as the Winter home for FLW's Wisconsin school, Taliesin. After a severe bout with pneumonia, Wright's doctor told him he would not survive if he continued to subject himself to the harsh Wisconsin Winter. So, he gathered up his students, and migrated to Arizona for the Winter. This migration took place twice a year, Spring to Wisconsin, Fall to Arizona.
The design of the school itself is remarkable and, oh so, FLW! Strong horizontal clean lines, a magnificent mix of materials, and extraordinarily functional.
Frank Lloyd Wright's favorite color was Cherokee Red. The tone of this entire project is either in this color or in colors complimentary to Cherokee Red. He owned 85 cars...all of them painted Cherokee Red. He also encouraged his students to paint their cars the same color. So, when they made their annual migration from one school location to the other, they formed a massive car caravan...all in Cherokee Red.
Frank Lloyd Wright also invented many things but failed to get them copyrighted because he didn't want to do the paper work. Amongst them: Lincoln Logs. He also submitted a design for a bank in Tucson that had a feature never seen before: a drive up window. His design was rejected. The bank told him it would never work.
Taliesin West still functions as an accredited school of architecture. They receive hundreds of applications each year but only accept 5 students annually.
4445 W. 77th St., #130, Edina, MN 55435