Taliesin West, built by Frank Lloyd Wright in 1937, rests low on a mesa at the foot of the cactus-mottled McDowell Mountains northeast of Phoenix, with little to announce it but a stand of power lines the architect abhorred. Named for Wright's beloved Wisconsin farm-country home, it is now a National Historic Landmark. Though Wright's fortunes waxed and waned during his long life (he was born in 1867 and died in 1959, at age 91), he is now considered foremost among American architects. He is credited with plans for about 800 buildings, including Pennsylvania's Fallingwater (ranked by many architects as the most important American building of the last century) and the visionary Guggenheim Museum in New York. -- Susan Spano Read more: On the Wright track in Arizona Upper photo: Taliesin West in Scottsdale, Ariz.
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