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.