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Thursday, March 10, 2011

Arizona Biltmore

While in Phoenix for some golf (sigh!), Mr. Wonderful and I stayed at the Arizona Biltmore, a luxurious reflection of the architecture of Frank Lloyd Wright.  
 Geometric Geishas with Navaho Corn motifs
I am never sure whether I like Wright's architecture.  Is it classic or dated?  What about the contrasts between light and dark spaces? Sometimes it seems almost like the effect of Polaroid sunglasses worn indoors.  What about the custom furniture?  Some comfortable, some not. What about the engineering?  Will the stone be cracked and will the skylights leak?
A recent article in The Economist magazine, titled Restoring Wright, comments on the difficulty of preserving Wright's home, Taliesin, in Spring Green, Wisconsin.  I also recall the leaky roofs and cold winter drafts at my prep school, The Prairie School, in Racine, Wisconsin. 

On the other hand, there is something about the details and the design itself -- a unique combination of simple and complex, modern with hints of Japan, Tiffany and the Arts and Crafts style of the Green brothers -- that draws me to keep visiting examples of Wright's work.
The Biltmore Sunroom which had WiFi
Intriguing details are everywhere.

Another reason to return
And, another ...

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