Scottsdale, Arizona, 1937
After twenty years of cold winters in Wisconsin, Wright decided to buy some land in Arizona and build a winter residence and studio. He called it Taliesin
West. Wright designed his last home and studio to reflect the desert landscape. He used desert stone for walls. Ceilings were redwood beams with
stretched linen canvas that maximized natural light and protected against flash thunderstorms. Taliesin West was built by the Taliesin Fellows who lived
and traveled with him in Wisconsin and Arizona.
Garden at Taliesin West
The complex consisted of Wright's living quarters, known as Sun Cottage, the drafting room, and Wright's office. Over time other
buildings were constructed, including a theater and later a music pavilion, which were used by Wright and the Taliesin Fellows for plays and concerts.
Taliesin and Taliesin West became communities of young apprentices absorbing Wright's lessons and creating new and innovative designs themselves. Today
the Taliesin Architects remain a thriving architectural practice built upon Wright's architectural principles.