It wasn’t what I expected

Taliesin West

Outside the Drafting Room of Taliesin West overlooking the triangular pool.

I loved Taliesin West. We all did. Our visit was Friday with our son and his fiancée.

It wasn’t what I expected. It was so much more. I felt like I was in the presence of genius — which I was. I loved the use of space, materials, and the different feel from one building or room to another.

“Taliesin West is a look over the rim of the world.”


We did an hour-long self-guided tour with an app called Smartify with our own phones and earbuds. I appreciated the detail of the information. I could picture the people living and working there.

The tour took us from outside to inside Frank LLoyd Wright’s office, around the property to various pools and patios to inside a gathering room, dining room, cabaret where they watched movies, inside the drafting room and inside a Kiva. The Kiva is a round dark room, that feels like it’s underground with phenomenal lighting. They watched movies there and used it for storage when they returned to Wisconsin for the summer.

From the Taliesin website:

Wright’s beloved winter home and desert laboratory was established in 1937 and diligently handcrafted over many years into a world unto itself. Deeply connected to the desert from which it was forged, Taliesin West possesses an almost prehistoric grandeur. It was built and maintained almost entirely by Wright and his apprentices, making it among the most personal of the architect’s creations.

Where have you visited that the experience outdid your expectations?

looking through the door of Frank Lloyd Wright's office.

Looking out from Frank Lloyd Wright’s office.

16 thoughts on “It wasn’t what I expected

  1. A couple weeks ago I went to the First Americans Museum in Oklahoma City and was very disappointed I had to leave before seeing it all. I would love to go back, but OKC is not likely to be on my itinerary again.

      • Oh, the museum was wonderful! I wanted to stay much longer but the conference organizers insisted we return to our hotel by 3 (for no good reason). I just don’t have any reason to go back to Oklahoma. I will say that Dodge City, Kansas, was a big letdown. I thought it would be like Tombstone. But they have torn it all down and now just have a museum. It’s a nice museum, but not as good as having a real Old West town.

  2. Bryce and Zion amazed me. I was really impressed by the St. Louis arch. I loved San Diego though people said I wouldn’t. I’ve been happily surprised more often than not

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