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Taliesin West, Part 5

As we continued the tour of Taliesin West, we had the privilege of viewing Frank Lloyd Wright's living quarters. It continues the theme of walls constructed of rocks from the property embedded in concrete — no plaster here.

On the other side of the room was the ubiquitous fireplace. Our guide told us that despite the hangers and pots, the fireplace was not really used for cooking. The plants are probably grateful for that.

In the bright window facing the garden stood two kachina dolls. For those of you from other parts of the country, kachina dolls are figures carved, typically from cottonwood root, by Hopi people to instruct young girls and new brides about katsinas or katsinam, the immortal beings that bring rain, control other aspects of the natural world and society, and act as messengers between humans and the spirit world. Kachina dolls are also much sought after by collectors.

Just behind Wright's apartment is a water tower. Remembering that this part of the world is a desert and that city utilities did not extend out here when Wright established Taliesin, they had to store water somewhere. In my opinion, it is much more aesthetically pleasing than most water towers I am familiar with.

Beneath the water tower is a quiet pool. Note the petroglyphs on the rock in the foreground.

The next stop on the tour was Wright's daughter's apartment. Pictured here is the living room. It was quite a large, well-appointed apartment.

Hanging on one wall was a beautiful Asian folding screen.

Here a fireplace for keeping the winter chill at bay.

Wright worked in and traveled to many destinations collecting artwork such as this painting on wood. But who knows, this may have been a gift.

For me, one of the highlights of this apartment was the stained glass windows that allowed beautiful shades of light to caress the bedroom.

Speaking of the bedroom, here it is.

We close out the week in a family room area complete with a modern refrigerator to provide cool drinks to guests. I suspect that is not an original appliance but added for hosting small gatherings.

To be continued...

Life is good.

B. David

P. S., All photos and text © B. David Cathell Photography, Inc. — www.bdavidcathell.com