Friday, April 24, 2009

Music Pavilion

Frank Lloyd Wright's Taliesin West contains many wonders. These photos are of the Music Pavilion. 

It was built in 1957 as a multi-purpose hall seating 100 people. Even at ninety years old, Wright was still building at Taliesin West. He died in 1959.

There was a grand piano and lots of musical events have been held in the pavilion.  The room is also used for lectures.

Frank Lloyd Wright, his wife Olgivanna and twenty-five apprentices arrived from Wisconsin in 1937 to start building the desert camp on 600 acres.  

Olgivanna describes the experience in her unpublished autobiography:

"But it was beautiful. And when the others followed, we set up a makeshift camp with tents and sleeping bags --I for the first time in my life, saw a sleeping bag and a tent, I had never seen them before, and the coyotes were so lovely, and a little sad, complaining like children.  

From then on, we began, little by little, to build the now famous camp, Taliesin West. We lived in tents, and difficult though it was, we began to enjoy life in the desert in close contact with nature and its winds and the howling coyotes."

For more information or to schedule a public tour, click Taliesin West.


Olivier said...

architecture surprenante, vraiment j'ai aimé découvrir cet endroit "magique" de Frank Lloyd.
amazing architecture, really I liked to discover this "magical" place of Frank Lloyd.

Sharon said...

I remember this room very well. I love the way all the furnishings blend right into the design.

mo'ikeha said...

Seems as if you won't ever run out of surprises, ideas and histories to tell - enjoy it very much to follow your tour.

henny said...

Wonderful room.

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