Taliesin Associated Architects

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Taliesin Associated Architects
San Jose Center for the Performing Arts, architect William Wesley Peters, 1972
Practice information
FoundersFrank Lloyd Wright
LocationTaliesin West, Scottsdale, Arizona

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]

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 Wright 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.

Beaver Meadows Visitors Center, 1965-67
Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, architect William Wesley Peters, 1968-70
Arizona State University Music Building, architect William Wesley Peters, 1970

Selected works[edit]

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
Wright 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 Tom Casey[5]
Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall 1968-70 Sarasota, Florida 777 N Tamiami Trail William Wesley Peters
St. Mary Catholic Church 1969 Alma, Michigan 510 Prospect Ave. William Wesley Peters [6]
ASU Music Building 1970 Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona 50 E Gammage Pkwy. William Wesley Peters [7]
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[8]
BSP Insurance Building 1972 Scottsdale, Arizona 6200 E Oak Street Stephan Nemtin [9]
Pearl Palace Circa 1972 Karaj, Alborz province, Iran QVQP+4H6 Mehrshahr 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.[10]
Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church 1975 Tucson, Arizona 1950 Irvington Place William Wesley Peters [11]
Arizona Biltmore Hotel Paradise Wing 1975-76 Phoenix, Arizona 2400 E Missouri Ave. John Rattenbury [12]
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.[13]
Mesa Convention Center 1977-78 Mesa, Arizona 201 N Center Street John Rattenbury, Anthony Puttnam [14]
Mountain View East 1978 McCormic Ranch, Scottsdale, Arizona N Hayden Road and E Del Timbre Drive Vernon Swaback, John Rattenbury Subdivision of 51 single-family homes.[15]
Arizona Biltmore Hotel Valley Wing 1979 Phoenix, Arizona 2400 E Missouri Ave. [16]
Ahwatukee House of the Future 1979 Phoenix, Arizona 3713 E Equestrian 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 [17]
Ruth Eckerd Hall 1983 Clearwater, Florida 1111 McMullen Booth Road William Wesley Peters
Arizona Conference of Seventh-day Adventists 1983 Scottsdale, Arizona 13405 N Scottsdale Road Charles R. Schiffner [18]
Marin County Civic Center 1960-1962, 1966-1969 San Rafael, California 3501 Civic Center Drive William Wesley Peters, Aaron Green Designed by Wright 1957-59 with an administration building and post office (built 1960-62) and Hall of Justice (built 1966-69).[19]
Grady Gammage Memorial Auditorium 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 1968 Phoenix, Arizona 6836 N 38th Street John Rattenbury Wright's last residential design.
First Christian Church 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 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 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 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.[20]


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  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. ^ Park, Mailing Address: 1000 US Hwy 36 Estes; Fridays, CO 80517 Phone: 970 586-1206 The Information Office is open year-round: 8:00 a m- 4:00 p m daily in summer; 8:00 a m- 4:00 p m Mondays-; Us, 8:00 a m-12:00 p m Saturdays- Sundays in winter Recorded Trail Ridge Road status:586-1222 Contact. "Rehabilitation of Beaver Meadows Visitor Center - Rocky Mountain National Park (U.S. National Park Service)". www.nps.gov. Retrieved 2024-03-29.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link) CS1 maint: numeric names: authors list (link)
  6. ^ "Church of St. Mary : Michigan Architectural Foundation". michiganarchitecturalfoundation.org. Retrieved 2024-03-29.
  7. ^ "ASU Music Building". Arizona Republic. 1971-04-11. p. 99. Retrieved 2022-06-29.
  8. ^ "a Wrightian bank by Wes Peters". claass HAUS. Retrieved 2022-06-29.
  9. ^ "13 Aug 1972, Page 114 - Arizona Republic at Newspapers.com". Newspapers.com. Retrieved 2022-06-29.
  10. ^ "3 Jul 1973, Page 25 - Arizona Republic at Newspapers.com". Newspapers.com. Retrieved 2022-06-30.
  11. ^ "May 10, 1975, page 21 - Arizona Daily Star at Newspapers.com". Newspapers.com. Retrieved 2024-03-29.
  12. ^ "3 Jul 1975, Page 21 - Arizona Republic at Newspapers.com". Newspapers.com. Retrieved 2022-06-30.
  13. ^ "30 Jan 1977, Page 102 - Arizona Republic at Newspapers.com". Newspapers.com. Retrieved 2022-06-29.
  14. ^ Vinson, Mark (2016). And Tiko-Tu?. Rio Salado Architecture Foundation.
  15. ^ East, Mountain View. "Mountain View East". Mountain View East. Retrieved 2024-03-29.
  16. ^ "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.
  17. ^ "18 May 1982, Page 16 - Arizona Republic at Newspapers.com". Newspapers.com. Retrieved 2022-06-30.
  18. ^ "Scottsdale Places of Worship Listed by Date of Construction" (PDF).
  19. ^ "National Historic Nomination Form: Marin County Civic Center".
  20. ^ "Frank Lloyd Wright Spire at Emporis".[dead link]

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