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Design in the Desert at Taliesin West

Every winter, Scottsdale and the surrounding area plays host to many “snowbirds” – individuals and families escaping the cold winter weather for milder temperatures and daily sunshine. Famed architect Frank Lloyd Wright could be counted among this group. Taliesin West is a UNESCO World Heritage site and is on the National Historic Landmark register.


Taliesin West Tours

Take a tour of the whole site, from Wright’s “laboratory,” the “Garden Room,” the Music Pavilion and more. The Guided Insights Tour touches on all of these locations with information and stories from tour guides. Check the website for pricing and scheduling. You can also enjoy the recently added self-guided audio tour. Tour the facilities at your own pace with information accessible via your smartphone. Headphones are required for the audio Taliesin West tours and are available for purchase on-site if needed.



Wright’s vision of designing buildings and structures that allow for harmony between humanity and its environment, or “organic architecture” as he called it, extends to his office, nestled in the foothills of the McDowell Mountains in Scottsdale. Built from real stone found in the area and set into a hillside, the indoor space has no full walls dividing rooms, the largest of the spaces was used for design while the smaller area served as an office.



Also built with natural stone from the surrounding area, Wright’s residence is open and organic just as his office is. Spaces flow into one another and there is plenty of natural light whether you’re in the kitchen, bath, living area, or den.



While Wright’s personal office is a building of its own, there’s also a studio where he taught many students and worked on thousands of projects and drawings. Today, it’s still a studio, but with modern computers and software available.



Visiting Taliesin West is a great way to see Frank Lloyd Wright’s organic architecture at its finest. It can also give you a glimpse of how the well-known architect lived and worked when he spent his time in Arizona. The many windows and fireplaces in the structures illustrate how the clever architect heated and cooled his spaces and will help you appreciate the air conditioning or heat in your Scottsdale vacation rental provided by Porter. Choose a cozy two-bedroom all the way up to a sprawling seven-bedroom. Many of our rentals boast open floor plans, fireplaces, and more. We even have Fountain Hills vacation rentals that are nice and close to this attraction. Choose a premium unit for features like an outdoor kitchen, pool, or luxurious master suite.

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