on February 16, 2005
Although we've visited some other Frank Lloyd Wright houses, we're not what you'd call fans—we literally only ended up at Taliesin West because it was raining and we needed something to do indoors. It was a great choice—not only did we learn a great deal from our guide about Frank Lloyd Wright, but we also learned a great deal about a slice of Arizona history.
To visit, a tour is required. They have 60-minute and 90-minute tours two times hourly. During our visit, we had to wait 30 minutes for the next tour. An interesting bookstore provides a place to wait before the tour. Our tour group included about 25 people and was sold out. Ticket prices are either $18 for the 60-minute tour or $22.50 for the 90-minute tour, which includes the private living quarters rooms. One warning: The guides do not use microphones, and it was often hard to hear our guide when we were outside.
I highly recommend this tour for anyone with an interest in architecture, Frank Lloyd Wright, or Arizona history. Even if the fact that the roof of almost every building he designed at Taliesin was leaking while we were there and even if you think his interior design selections were lacking, it can still be enjoyable.
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