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History of Taliesin West Do you have a living room in your house A carport Does your house have an open floor plan If so then the way you live is being directly influenced by Frank Lloyd Wrights innovations in residential architecture Copplestone 1 Frank Lloyd Wright was born in 1867 in southwestern Wisconsin of talented and dynamic parents his father a preacher and musician his mother a teacher From his father Wright learned how the order and structure of music had influenced his perception of architectural form From his mother he acquired a strong respect for learning Copplestone 8 Wright spent his boyhood summers on the farms of his Welsh uncles where he learned to appreciate the values of nature and disciplined hard work He left his formal schooling at the University of Wisconsin to go to Chicago and in 1887 became an apprentice to the greatest American architect of that time Louis Sullivan Nash 4 In 1893 Wright opened his own practice in Oak Park Illinois A distinctive new architecture which he called Organic emerged and by 1910 his accomplishments had gained worldwide recognition There are six chief points to organic architecture Some of the points include the spiritual integrity of the building expression the builders individuality incorporation in the design elements and the colors of the site are drawn from nature Taliesin West is an example of all those characteristics Nash 34-37 In 1911 Wright left Oak Park and began the construction of the first Taliesin in Spring Green Wisconsin The original Taliesin was built for himself his family his architectural practice and later the Taliesin Fellowship Wright 6 I learned that about a decade after the original Taliesin was bulit Wrights doctor instructed him that he should escape the cold and damp Wisconsin winters due to his health Wright first visited Arizona in 1927 when he was asked to consult on designs for the
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