I guess I should begin this by stating I do not plan to examine this subject in depth so if you are looking for that sort of thing you probably want to move on. I plan to just give some brief layman commentary on some pictures of houses and buildings that I think are cool mixed with a little bit of history on those structures if I happen to know any. I am not an architect and I have never played one on TV (though I was quite the Brady Bunch fan in my younger days).
Look, I'll be frank with you (no pun intended for you FLW fans out there), the only reason I know when a house is an example of Modern architecture is because someone told me. But inevitably when someone says "Hey, look at that fine example of Modern architecture," the building is always awesome. And when those structures are in Arizona, they always seem to be just a notch above the rest. So kick off your shoes, sit back, and lets take a look at some house-sized (and larger) Modern art.
(See, this is exactly what I mean about my commentary. I have no idea what the connection between Modern architecture and Modern art is or even if there is one. But it sounded cool...)
Frank Lloyd Wright
Frank Lloyd Wright visited Arizona in the mid-1930s and decided to build his winter home, Taliesin West, northeast of Scottsdale.
Taliesin West is now the home of the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation.
Beautiful inside and out, Taliesin West is a desert dream home.
Another private residence designed by Frank Lloyd Wright.
There is no guaranteeing perfection as the neighboring atrocity sticking out behind this beautiful home shows.
Caption Grady Gammage Memorial Auditorium was designed by Wright and is a marvel!
Wright was consulting architect on the Arizona Biltmore Resort.
Al Beadle designed many Phoenix area houses including this Paradise Valley home.
Beadle designed the Boardwalk, a community of condominiums in 1965.
The condos in the Boardwalk featured floor-to-ceiling glass and little ornamentation.
The pool in the common area at the Boardwalk maintained the Modern style.
When designed in 1964, the 21-story Executive Towers was the tallest in Phoenix.
The Safari Hotel, part of the Safari Resort, was an Arizona landmark for decades.
Drawing shows original design for the Safari Resort which eventually went through so many renovations that Beadle no longer claimed any association with it.
Ralph Haver was one of the most productive architects in Phoenix in the mid-1950s.
Haver designed this building that was originally the Arizona Bank in 1961..
Haver had an eye for beauty that is even evident as sunlight fades and dusk descends.
One of the first homes Haver built in Northwood Estates in 1955.
Eddie Jones designed this house that is located just outside of Scottsdale.
This house was embedded in the edge of the Phoenix South Mountain Preserve.
An interior view of the house pictured above.
The house won the Gold Trowel Award for Excellence in Masonry from the Arizona Masonry Guild for the way it merged with the slope of the mountain.