The Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation hosted a private plaque unveiling at Taliesin West on Jan. 15 to commemorate the site’s official inscription on the UNESCO World Heritage List. Taliesin West was one of eight major Frank Lloyd Wright-designed buildings inscribed on the list in July 2019 by The World Heritage Committee as The 20th-Century Architecture of Frank Lloyd Wright. Wright is widely considered the greatest American architect of the 20th century and the sites in the group inscription span his influential career.
Built in 1937, Taliesin West was Wright’s beloved winter home and the bustling headquarters of the Taliesin Fellowship. It was diligently handcrafted over many years into a world unto itself. Deeply connected to the desert from which it was forged, Taliesin West possesses an almost prehistoric grandeur. It was built and maintained almost entirely by Wright and his apprentices, making it among the most personal of the architect’s creations.
Taliesin West is the first and only cultural World Heritage site in Arizona. (The Grand Canyon is a natural UNESCO site) and the collection as a whole represents the first modern architecture designation in the United States.