Taliesin Associated Architects

Taliesin Associated Architects was an architectural firm founded by apprentices of Frank Lloyd Wright to carry on his architectural vision after his death in 1959. The firm disbanded in 2003.[1][2]

Taliesin Associated Architects
San Jose Center for the Performing Arts (San Jose Community Theater), San Jose, California.jpg
San Jose Center for the Performing Arts, architect William Wesley Peters, 1972
Practice information
FoundersFrank Lloyd Wright
Founded1959
Dissolved2003
LocationTaliesin West, Scottsdale, Arizona

It was headquartered at Taliesin West in Scottsdale, Arizona and had up to 14 principals who had all worked under Wright.[3] One of their first major projects was the Rocky Mountain National Park Administration Building, part of Mission 66 for the National Park Service. Along with original work such as the Kaden Tower (originally "Lincoln Tower", Louisville, Kentucky, 1966), the firm completed several of Wright's unbuilt designs, and performed renovation and expansion, for instance at the Arizona Biltmore Hotel in Phoenix.

The first managing principal was Wright's protégé and son-in-law William Wesley Peters, until his death in 1991. Other TAA architects included Charles Montooth, John Rattenbury and Vernon Swaback.

Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, architect William Wesley Peters, 1968-70
Arizona State University Music Building, architect William Wesley Peters, 1970

Selected worksEdit

Taliesin Associated Architects Works
Name Year(s) Location Address Project Architect Notes
Snow Flake Motel 1960-61 Lincoln Township, Michigan 3822 Red Arrow Highway William Wesley Peters Demolished 2006
Phi Delta Theta Fraternity House 1960-61 Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona E Alpha Drive William Wesley Peters Demolished 2011
Ascension Lutheran Church 1963 Paradise Valley, Arizona 7100 N Mockingbird Lane William Wesley Peters [4]
Golden Rondelle Theater 1964 Racine, Wisconsin 1525 Howe Street Originally built for the New York Worlds Fair
Kaden Tower 1965-66 Louisville, Kentucky 6100 Dutchmans Lane William Wesley Peters Originally known as Lincoln Tower
Beaver Meadows Visitors Center 1965-67 Estes Park, Colorado Rocky Mountain National Park
Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall 1968-70 Sarasota, Florida 777 N Tamiami Trail William Wesley Peters
ASU Music Building 1970 Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona 50 E Gammage Pkwy. William Wesley Peters [5]
Veterans' Memorial Auditorium 1971 San Rafael, California 10 Ave of the Flags William Wesley Peters, George Izenour, Aaron Green. Part of the Marin County Civic Center designed by Frank Lloyd Wright.
San Jose Center for the Performing Arts 1972 San Jose, California 255 Almaden Blvd. William Wesley Peters
Bank of Spring Green 1972 Spring Green, Wisconsin 209 E Jefferson Street William Wesley Peters now BMO Harris Bank[6]
BSP Insurance Building 1972 Scottsdale, Arizona 6200 E Oak Street Stephan Nemtin [7]
Pearl Palace Circa 1972 Karaj, Alborz province, Iran William Wesley Peters
Arizona Biltmore Hotel Renovation 1973 Phoenix, Arizona 2400 E Missouri Ave. William Wesley Peters, John Rattenbury Renovations after a 6-Alarm fire destroyed parts of the hotel.[8]
Arizona Biltmore Hotel Paradise Wing 1975-76 Phoenix, Arizona 2400 E Missouri Ave. John Rattenbury [9]
Damavand College 1976 Tehran, Iran Lashgark Road William Wesley Peters now Payame Noor University
Mountain View Estates 1976-77 Paradise Valley, Arizona N Tatum Blvd. and E Onyx Road Vernon Swaback, John Rattenbury, Anthony Puttnam Subdivision of 56 single-family homes.[10]
Mesa Convention Center 1977-78 Mesa, Arizona 201 N Center Street John Rattenbury, Anthony Puttnam [11]
Arizona Biltmore Hotel Valley Wing 1979 Phoenix, Arizona 2400 E Missouri Ave. [12]
Ahwatukee House of the Future 1979 Phoenix, Arizona 3713 E Equestrain Trail Charles R. Schiffner
Bartlesville Community Center 1982 Bartlesville, Oklahoma 300 SE Adams Blvd. William Wesley Peters
Arizona Biltmore Hotel Terrace Court Wing 1982 Phoenix, Arizona 2400 E Missouri Ave [13]
Ruth Eckerd Hall 1983 Clearwater, Florida 1111 McMullen Booth Road William Wesley Peters
Frank Lloyd Wright posthumous constructions overseen by TAA
Name Designed Built Location Address Supervising Architect Notes
Grady Gammage Memorial Auditorium 1959 1962-64 Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona 1200 S Forest Ave. William Wesley Peters Originally designed by Wright as an opera house for the King of Baghdad, Wright revised the design as an auditorium for ASU with construction overseen by Peters.
Norman Lykes House 1959 1968 Phoenix, Arizona 6836 N 38th Street John Rattenbury Wright's last residential design.
First Christian Church 1950 1973 Phoenix, Arizona 6750 N 7th Ave. William Wesley Peters Originally designed by Wright for the Southwest Christian Seminary in 1950. The plans would not be used until 1971. Permission was given by Wright's widow to use the plans, with construction overseen by Peters.
King Kamehameha Golf Course Clubhouse 1949

Revised 1952 Revised 1957

1993 Waikapu, Maui, Hawaii 2500 HI-30 John Rattenbury Originally designed as the unbuilt Arthur Miller House (1957), which was a revision of two older unbuilt projects the Baillères House (1952) and the Windfohr House (1949). Rattenbury combined all three designs to design the clubhouse.
Monona Terrace Community & Convention Center 1938-59 1997 Madison, Wisconsin 1 John Nolen Drive Anthony Puttnam First proposed by Wright in 1938 the design was rejected. Wright would continue to revise the design until his death. Anthony Puttnam would complete the final design revisions.
Frank Lloyd Wright Spire 1957 2003-04 Scottsdale, Arizona 7207 E Frank Lloyd Wright Blvd. Part of the unbuilt Arizona State Capital Design proposed by Wright. Design adapted by TAA.[14]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Talisien FAQ
  2. ^ Bernstein, Fred A. (August 21, 2014). "Taliesin Troubles". Architectural Record. Retrieved September 3, 2016.
  3. ^ NPS History
  4. ^ "Church Campus – Ascension Lutheran Church". Retrieved 2022-06-29.
  5. ^ "ASU Music Building". Arizona Republic. 1971-04-11. p. 99. Retrieved 2022-06-29.
  6. ^ "a Wrightian bank by Wes Peters". claass HAUS. Retrieved 2022-06-29.
  7. ^ "13 Aug 1972, Page 114 - Arizona Republic at Newspapers.com". Newspapers.com. Retrieved 2022-06-29.
  8. ^ "3 Jul 1973, Page 25 - Arizona Republic at Newspapers.com". Newspapers.com. Retrieved 2022-06-30.
  9. ^ "3 Jul 1975, Page 21 - Arizona Republic at Newspapers.com". Newspapers.com. Retrieved 2022-06-30.
  10. ^ "30 Jan 1977, Page 102 - Arizona Republic at Newspapers.com". Newspapers.com. Retrieved 2022-06-29.
  11. ^ Vinson, Mark (2016). And Tiko-Tu?. Rio Salado Architecture Foundation.
  12. ^ "Taliesin Associated Architects architectural drawings and records, 1959-1991 | Avery Drawings & Archives Collections | Columbia University Libraries Finding Aids". findingaids.library.columbia.edu. Retrieved 2022-06-30.
  13. ^ "18 May 1982, Page 16 - Arizona Republic at Newspapers.com". Newspapers.com. Retrieved 2022-06-30.
  14. ^ "Frank Lloyd Wright Spire at Emporis".

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