The Wright Places

The Arizona Biltmore is honored to be designated a Point of Pride by the City of Phoenix. Residents voted on which notable landmarks made the list of beloved, must-see destinations. After you’ve enjoyed a History Tour of our resort, venture out to appreciate mid-century architecture, explore Frank Lloyd Wright’s legacy and shop with a vintage vibe.

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Arizona Biltmore History Tours

Join us for a History Tour and experience our architectural significance and learn of its colorful past first-hand. From how guests cleverly circumvented prohibition to the Hollywood movie stars who made it their home away from home, it’s as if our walls do talk on 1.5 hour tours held Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays at 10 a.m. Ask about our Happy Hour History Tour on Friday evenings.

Taliesin West

Frank Lloyd Wright founded Taliesin West in the desert foothills of the McDowell Mountains in Scottsdale to serve as his desert laboratory. If you want to commune with the legacy of one of America’s most progressive architects, a tour of Taliesin West should be at the top of your list. Now a National Historic Landmark, Wright’s beloved winter home and the bustling headquarters of the Taliesin Fellowship was established in 1937 and was built and maintained almost entirely by Wright and his apprentices, making it among the most personal of his creations. The Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation and the School of Architecture at Taliesin are located here. Choose from a range of tours that last from one to three hours. Reservations recommended.

Frank Lloyd Wright Spire

This work of art, which stands proudly at a prominent intersection where Phoenix and Scottsdale meet, proves Frank Lloyd Wright’s visionary genius. Originally designed for the Arizona State Capitol, but never built, this steel structure is lit from within and brightens the night sky with hues of blue and green that can be seen from miles around. Make your way to the Promenade Mall, at the intersection of Frank Lloyd Wright Boulevard and Scottsdale Road, to explore it up close.

First Christian Church

The First Christian Church in north-central Phoenix features a Frank Lloyd Wright-designed building called “One of the ten best church buildings ever built in America” by Harold Wagoner, a former Dean of the Church Architects Guild of America. The building was originally designed in 1950, with the drawings presented to the public as a university building for a Phoenix seminary that ceased operations before it could be built. Luckily, Wright’s widow, Olgivanna Lloyd Wright, allowed First Christian Church to use the plans for their growing congregation so architecture aficionados can pay homage to this visionary.

David Wright House

Regarded as Frank Lloyd Wright’s last residential masterpiece, the home he designed in 1950 for his son, David, and daughter-in-law, Gladys, sits on 10 acres near the base of Camelback Mountain. The stunning spiral design rises from the desert floor, revealing 360 degree views of the mountains forming the Valley. Completed in 1952, the David Wright House is one of Wright’s three spiral designs and is the precursor to the Guggenheim Museum in New York City. Tours and availability vary.

Retro Retailing

Phoenix has a vibrant Mid-Century Modern (MCM) shopping scene. Some favorites include Modern on Melrose, offering everything from MCM furniture, art and barware to industrial salvage letters and décor; and Modern Manor, specializing in MCM furniture and décor from the 1940s through the 1970s. Stop by Retro Ranch, which features everything you wish you’d never discarded through your childhood, as well as statement-making clothing, accessories and furniture.