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Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Mesa (AZ)

March 13, 2012 - The weather is absolutely perfect in the mornings here in the Phoenix area.  It has been getting really warm by the afternoon, though.  We decided to tour Taliesin West this afternoon.  Taliesin West is Frank Lloyd Wright's Arizona home and work space, designed and built to blend in with the desert landscape.  We got the 90-minute guided tour and it was excellent.

Frank Lloyd Wright did not graduate from high school or college, but learned on the job with other architects.  He was a Wisconsin native and built his first home and architectural school in Spring Green, Wisconsin.  That home is called Taliesin, which means "shining brow."  Wright's technique was to locate a building below the ridge or peak of a hill or mountain, not at the top, so that it did not detract from the landscape.  Wright built Taliesin West in 1938, when he was seventy years old.  He lived to be 92.   He was on his third wife, who was about 30 years his junior.  Tom wonders if this is why he lived so long.

We stumbled onto a great restaurant on Frank Lloyd Wright Blvd.  The Green Chili Corn Chowder at the Blue Adobe Grille was superb.  Tom got an Ancho Pulled Pork Sandwich with the best slaw topping I've ever tasted.  The homemade salsa was fantastic, too.  I'm coming back here again for the food!

Taliesin West near Scottsdale (AZ)

Frank Lloyd Wright's work space

Quote carved into a wall at Taliesin West

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