Contrasts in Architecture That Exists in Phoenix

By: Wayne Hemrick

If you have recently driven around Phoenix in search of the perfect Phoenix, Arizona real estate, then you have certainly looked at several Phoenix homes and Phoenix condos featuring a wide variety of architectural styles. Phoenix has several interesting and dynamic contrasts in architectural stylings that are revealed in many of the prominent buildings seen throughout the city and surrounding areas.

A Phoenix real estate fact that has influenced architecture in the region is that the famous architect Frank Lloyd Wright resided in the Southwest. Scottsdale real estate appeals to those who want to be close his renowned studio named Taliesin West. This building is now the location for the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation, and promotes the ideas behind organic architecture and environmental conservation, and houses an archive of Wright's work. It is notable that there is a significant Scottsdale property that fits in so well with the surrounding environment, and is listed as a National Historic Landmark.

Another lovely building that was designed by Wright's associate, Albert Chase McArthur, is the Arizona Biltmore Resort and Spa. Opening to the public in 1929, the building features Mission styling.

For a different take on architecture, you will not want to miss visiting the Mystery Castle. Builder Boyce Gulley used rocks, artifacts and debris to build his castle, which features eighteen rooms, thirteen fireplaces and a tavern.

Sports lovers will get a kick out of Chase Field, where the Arizona Diamondbacks play. It has a prominent retractable roof that projects into the sky and can be seen for miles around.

Another Phoenix landmark is the Burton Barr Central Library. The building shows off copper for which the area is famous, and has a five-story atrium that comes alive with skylights, glass elevators, and a brilliant staircase. Another interesting aspect of the building is the floating ceiling, which hangs from cables over the Great Reading Room.

For a great example of remaining old Phoenix architecture, visit the Rosson House. Constructed in 1895, the Eastlake-style Victorian home is now home to a museum. It has a French-influenced octagonal tower, along with Italianate-style hood mold and arched windows. The posts and spindles relate to the Eastlake style, yet the arch is distinctly Oriental.

If you would enjoy seeing some architecture in action, a visit to the Phoenix Art Museum might be in order. The building is currently being expanded, under the guidance of architects Tod Williams, Billie Tsien, and Felix Ade. It will showcase a sculpture garden, and a glass-covered lobby and entry area, as well as have specially designed outdoor entry features designed by Christine Ten Eyck. A wall that is used to block out the sound coming from nearby street noise offers a blank palate on which a glazed ceramic tile mural by Jun Kaneko will reside.

You will enjoy a wealth of architectural styles seen in many buildings found throughout Phoenix and Scottsdale.

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