Taliesin West, Frank Lloyd Wright’s winter compound in Scottsdale, Arizona, is just one of the architect's pioneering creations that continues to inspire modern design in the American West.
“Taliesin West is a look over the rim of the world,” Wright said of his beloved retreat that springs from the desert foothills of the McDowell Mountains and is now home to the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation and the School of Architecture at Taliesin.
Nearly 60 years after Wright’s death on April 9, 1954—just two months shy of his 92nd birthday—we continue to celebrate his groundbreaking work. Throughout a career that spanned seven decades, 532 of Wright’s 1,114 architectural designs were realized. He is arguably the most renowned architect in the world, and in 1991, the American Institute of Architects recognized Wright as “the greatest American architect of all time.” Architects, builders, interior designers, and homeowners featured in this magazine regularly cite his body of work as a point of inspiration for their own residential design projects.
From his revolutionary Usonian homes to the prairie styles that still influence the modern West, here are some of our favorite west coast residences from Frank Lloyd Wright.
Taliesin West, Scottsdale, Arizona, 1937
Ennis House, Los Angeles, California, 1923
Hanna House, Stanford, California, 1936
Gordon House, Silverton, Oregon, 1964
Bott House, Kansas City, Missouri, 1963
David & Gladys Wright House, Phoenix, Arizona, 1950
Harold Price, Sr., House, Paradise Valley, California, 1954
Samuel Freeman House, Los Angeles, California, 1924
Photography: (All images) Courtesy the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation.