Frank Lloyd Wright 150th Birthday Gala

Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation supporters gather at Taliesin West to celebrate the architect’s legacy

On Nov. 4 the Frank Lloyd Wright 150th Birthday Gala honored the great American architect and the principles he established 100 years ago. The majority of them are still as relevant today as when he first developed them.

The celebration brought together 250 Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation supporters at the desert camp and winter home of Wright, known as Taliesin West in Scottsdale. To mark the 150th anniversary of Wright, the event celebrated themes of advancing the way we build and live in our community through three primary pathways: preservation, innovation and education. The foundation’s vision is to inspire the world through beautiful spaces that are thoughtfully designed and experienced.

Urban Electra provided live entertainment and a gourmet dinner prepared by Charles Wiley, Mountain Shadows executive chef, was served to the guests. Stunning views of the Valley on what Wright described as “a look over the rim of the world” accompanied the festivities.

In between the reception and dinner, guests had time to explore three of Wright’s most personal spaces in Taliesin West: the Garden Room, the space in which Wright invited guests for formal evening on the weekends and used as his living room during the weekdays, and the Swan Cove, which includes Wright’s bedroom and Olgivanna Wright’s bedroom.

Erin Goodman and Jeff Goodman, foundation director of marketing and communication. Anne Stupp, foundation board of trustees member. 

Maja Wessels, foundation board of trustees chair, and Charles Covington, foundation board of stewards member. PHOTOS BY TERRY RISHEL

Foundation summer architecture campers Ben and Olivia Ledesma with their parents Paul and Lisa Ledesma. PHOTO BY GABBY ABBOTT

Christopher Thompson, foundation board of trustees member, and Diana Smith. Fred Prozzillo, foundation director of preservation, and Marie-Jose Poulet. PHOTOS BY TERRY RISHEL

Rob Chambers and Stuart Graff, Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation president/CEO. PHOTO BY TERRY RISHEL

Jim Lane, Scottsdale mayor, and his wife, Joanne Lane. David Smith, Scottsdale councilman and Diana Smith. PHOTOS BY TERRY RISHEL

Timothy Radden, foundation board of trustees member, and Lee Radden. Alanna Mack, foundation board of trustees vice chair, and Don Murray. PHOTOS BY TERRY RISHEL

T.K. McClintock (left), foundation board of trustees member, presenting the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation Award to the Frank Lloyd Wright Build.

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