This may surprise some who've heard, well, yeah, but it's a dry heat",
but it's fookin hot there in July.
I visited Taliesin West and took the Behind The Scenes Tour. 60 bucks
for three hours was a little surprising, but there were only six of us
on the tour and we got to hear FLLW's personal physician (?!) and Roy
Arnold (one of Wright's original/surviving apprentices) speak. They
also served a small very tasty snack plate in the dining room.
To say the place needs an extreme historical landmark makeover is
putting it mildly. http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyIdP34731
The concrete looks good, but pretty much everything else on the
exterior of the buildings needs a lot of help. I'm curious how much
the place has deteriorated in the last twenty years or whether they
are barely holding their own. Anyone here visit the place?
I also visited Cosanti. http://www.waltlockley.com/cosanti/cosanti.htm
Paolo Solieri is apparently still in residence, but I guess he was
reclusing while I was there. I watched one of the foundry pours of
their bronze wind chimes/bells and that was very interesting. Why
someone in AZ in the middle of July would want a job that makes Hell
look like an Autumn vacation, I'll never know.