Rolled east down the 101 loop to Taliesin West today.
Frank Lloyd Wright’s western campus for his school came about because he went to
on his doctor’s orders one winter, after suffering a bout of pneumonia. Architecture students (“interns”) at his
school came with him, cleared the land and built an access road and school
buildings, while living in tents and paying him for the privilege.
The school’s buildings are visually underwhelming while incorporating a number of technical advantages. Wright of course was an egomaniac who even designed the seats such that they were inclined at an angle to focus one’s attention on a speaker of 5’ 8” height; his height. After a lifetime of working with architects, Paul couldn’t sympathize. Interesting place to visit for the history and building tech if you’re an architect groupie.