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Frank Lloyd Wright’s famed winter home in Scottsdale resumes daily tours

Taliesin West (Courtesy photo/Jill Richards)

PHOENIX — The Scottsdale winter home of the iconic architect Frank Lloyd Wright has reopened for daily tours with some new attractions to experience.

Known as Taliesin West, tours are available daily from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. with the store remaining open through 5 p.m.

Tours must be booked in advance online.

“We are proud to welcome the community back to Taliesin West this season, and we are especially excited to share the impressive preservation work we recently completed,” Stuart Graff, CEO and president of the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation, said in a press release.

The team at Taliesin West has been busy using modern technology to enhance the experience, according to the release.

One of the added amenities allows people to tour the property in a new way with the famed owner himself.

The introduction of the “Guided by Wright” tour gives visitors a unique, multi-sensory experience using old recordings of Wright’s own voice, according to the release.

Wright’s words move guests throughout the space, the release said, and allows people to explore his connection to nature, poetry and art, and other philosophies which inspired his architecture.

A number of completed reinterpretation and restoration projects at Wright’s living laboratory were also completed, according to the release. The team used hundreds of historic photographs and reference materials to see how Wright decorated and rearranged the space to give guests an idea of what it would look like in Wright’s heyday before he passed at the age of 91 in 1959.

“Our research allowed us to reconstruct and reinstall the elements necessary to make the already compelling architectural wonder even more authentic and accessible, demonstrating Wright’s ‘architecture for better living’ to our visitors to inspire them to live better and more beautiful lives,” Graff said in the release.

Guests will also be able to see modern architecture in action with H&S International operating out of the facility’s drafting studio.

A unique outdoor event is scheduled to take place at Taliesin West on April 3 featuring short modern dance vignettes inspired by the connection between Wright’s architecture at Taliesin West and the surrounding Sonoran Desert landscape, according to the release, with more events to take place in the future as COVID-19 vaccines increase.

Taliesin West has recently been designated a UNESCO World Heritage site and was named among the top 10% of attractions worldwide by TripAdvisor, according to the release.

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