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Frank Lloyd Wright Taliesin West

Architecture Inspired by the Desert

Frank Lloyd Wright Taliesin West in northeast Scottsdale is ranked one of the world’s greatest architectural treasures. Designed by visionary architect Frank Lloyd Wright, Taliesin West was a bold new concept for desert living.

The forms of the surrounding landscape are expressed in the structures: The hill behind is reflected in the slope of the roofs, and the vast desert below finds expression in the open and spacious terraces. Wright and his apprentices gathered rocks from the desert floor and sand from the washes to build these dramatic structures. Sloping stone walls topped with translucent roofs supported by deep, exposed beams are the dominant architectural theme.

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Tours of Frank Lloyd Wright Taliesin West

Take a Tour of Frank Lloyd Wright Taliesin West

Take a Tour of Frank Lloyd Wright Taliesin West

Guided tours of the main complex range from one to three hours long. The site is also available for rental for private evening receptions and dinners. At night, the site assumes a luminous, jewel-like quality, and the “Night Lights on the Desert” tour, offered seasonally, is an enchanting way to see Taliesin West. There are also seasonal guided desert walks, and on Saturdays November through April, students at the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture provide in-depth tours of their self-designed and built “desert shelters.”

All tours begin in the Taliesin West gift shop and bookstore where you can purchase books and prints, reproductions of Wright designed decorative objects and furniture, works by Taliesin artists, and attractive souvenirs.

Taliesin West: Visitor Info

For more information call 480-627-5340 or visit

Directions: Enter Taliesin West at the intersection of Cactus Road and Frank Lloyd Wright Blvd. (approximately 114th St.) in northeast Scottsdale. For GPS directions, use 12345 N. Taliesin Dr., Scottsdale, AZ 85258


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