Taliesin West (2/2)

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This metal dragon sculpture is hooked up to a propane tank and literally becomes a fire-breathing dragon at night.

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Behind the red doors in the photo below is a huge dining room where Wright and his 3rd wife (Mr. Wright had a rather, shall we say, colorful life) would entertain guests.  It was designed on a gently declining level, similar to but not as drastic as stadium seating in modern day theatres, and, in fact, doubled as a movie theatre for guests when not being used for formal dinners.

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Even the gate at the entry to the property was designed by Wright.

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The only feature which I have seen at many Wright-designed (for clients) properties which I did not see here was the use of stained glass windows.  I didn’t think to ask our guide why that was, but it is a beautiful and remarkable property regardless.

Mr. Wright lived and worked here (winters) from when he had it built in the late 1930’s until his death in 1959 at the age of 91.  It is still used today by students of his work.

After touring the property (the scheduled 1 1/2 hour tour took almost 2 1/2 hours!) I tried, without success, to locate a good friend from when I used to live in Pennsylvania (a radiologist client of the accounting firm I worked for who raced cars as a hobby.  I was his “pit crew” for about a year and traveled with him to races throughout the eastern US) who now lives in Scottsdale.  I had no way to contact him before I got here and there was apparently no one home when I arrived at the entrance to the gated community (I left a message via the intercom).

After waiting a short time to see if perhaps someone would show up I headed east on another series of scenic roads to the little town of Lakeside in the eastern part of Arizona where I will spend the next 3 nights before moving on to northern New Mexico.

 

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