Friday, April 13, 2007

Day One Details

On our first day of spring break, we arrived in Phoenix mid-afternoon. We left the airport, rented a car, and went to check into our hotel. It was too early to check into the hotel. We we went for a drive to see some of the sights in Phoenix. Our first stop was the Arizona Biltmore.
It is a large resort that was built by Albert Chase McArthur, a student of Frank Lloyd Wright. Wright served as a consultant on the design, and it certainly has his fingerprint. The artist in me just had to see it. After that we took a two hour tour of Taleisin West. This was Wright's winter home. He lived in Wisconsin the rest of the year. It is now a school of architecture. An interesting thing about the school is that there is not permanent faculty. Architects will come from various parts of the US and teach for a few weeks a time, and then return to their regular jobs. The picture is a shot of the front of the house. The pool served two purposes, recreations, and it was their fire insurance. When the house was built in the 1940's the closest fire department was much too far away to rely on in case of a fire, so the pool was the water source in an emergency.
There was a lovely view of the city from the front of the house. Phoenix was full of these Saguaro Cacti - it is the state flower of Arizona.

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