Past, Present, Future: The Conservancy at 25
October 29-November 2, 2014
What better place than Phoenix to host the Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy’s conference on this milestone 25th year? Morning sessions will offer a rich array of presentations, including an overview of Wright’s career-changing designs for Arizona. Three afternoons of touring will encompass Wright’s extant work in the metropolitan area, a behind-the-scenes visit to Taliesin West, and a number of properties seldom accessible to the public, including the recently saved David and Gladys Wright House. And there’s so much more in store. The Conservancy at 25 will be a celebration, a look back and a look ahead. We hope
you’ll join us.
Susan Jacobs Lockhart | Larry Woodin
Hon. Greg Stanton, Mayor of Phoenix
The Venue: The Arizona Biltmore
Known as the “Jewel in the Desert,” the Arizona Biltmore is the most iconic and luxurious resort in the state. It was designed by architect Albert Chase McArthur, who wanted to incorporate Wright’s textile block slab method and retained Wright as a consultant for technical assistance. Opened in 1929, the hotel has undergone myriad expansions, most by Taliesin Associated Architects, but the core of the original hotel remains substantially intact, boasting patterned
precast concrete “Biltmore blocks,” copper roofs, gold leaf ceilings, and murals by Maynard Dixon and Edith Hamlin.
Special group rate: $179 per night
Book before Monday, Oct. 6
at 800.950.0086 or arizonabiltmore.com
with group/convention code FLW14
Conference Registration at the Biltmore:
Oct. 28 -- 5-9PM
Oct. 29 -- 8:30-9:30AM, 1-8PM
Oct. 30-Nov. 1 -- 8AM-noon
Wednesday, Oct. 29
Tucked away in the desert surrounding Taliesin West is a landscape of experimental dwellings designed by aspiring architects over seven decades. On Wednesday, Oct. 29, join Victor Sidy, dean of the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture
, for a presentation of the Taliesin West Shelters and encounter some of the most exemplary of these structures up close. Then we travel to Grady Gammage Memorial Auditorium
at Arizona State University. Celebrating its 50th year, the performing arts center was sketched by Wright during the last two years of his life, adapted from his unbuilt design for a Baghdad opera house, and completed by William Wesley Peters. Tickets $150. Register early; space is limited. Tour departs from Arizona Biltmore at 10AM.
Surrounded by 17 acres of roof gardens on a site that beautifully blends urban and natural desert landscapes, the stunning open courtyard at architect David Hovey’s AIA Award-winning Optima Camelview Village
is the perfect setting for Wednesday evening’s opening, with hors d’oeuvres, wine and a guided walk through one of the most eco-friendly projects in the nation. Tickets $45.
Transportation provided. Bus departs from Aizona Biltmore at 5PM.
Leadership Circle Reception
Following Wednesday’s opening reception, members of the Leadership Circle journey down winding dirt roads on the outskirts of Taliesin West to a whisper-quiet site they won’t soon forget: the David Dodge House. Guests will enjoy dinner, wine and expansive views from the remarkable house designed by architect and composer Dodge, who joined the Taliesin Fellowship in 1951. Transportation provided. By invitation only.
Thursday, Oct. 30
Morning Sessions, 8:30AM to noon
Annual Meeting: Conservancy President Richard Longstreth
Remarks: Hon. Greg Stanton, Mayor of Phoenix
Panel: Saving the David and Gladys Wright House: A Look Back
Will Bruder FAIA, Scott Jarson, Brendan Mahoney,
Jim McPherson, Kevin Weight, Janet Halstead (moderator)
Panel: Preservation in Phoenix and Statewide: The Midcentury Modern Challenge
Jim Garrison, Alison King, Don Ryden, Scott Jarson (moderator)
Presentation: Wright in Arizona: Before and After the David and Gladys Wright House
Taliesin West (1938-41)
Visit the icon in a way few ever have. After a presentation on the preservation of Taliesin West, guests can roam the property and talk to experts in key spaces, then enjoy Michael Kimmelman's keynote address.
Keynote Speaker: Michael Kimmelman, architecture critic for The New York Times
Homeowners and Public Sites Dinner Meeting
Own a Wright house? Or work in one? This one’s for you! Staff and docents from Wright sites open to the public and owners of Wright homes are invited to a special evening gathering on Thursday, Oct. 30 with dinner, cash bar, presentations and time to talk with other owners, site managers and volunteers. Tickets $55. Transportation provided. Specify house/site upon registering.
Morning Sessions, 9AM to noon
Panel: Advocacy: How and Why It Works
Tom Schmidt, John Thorpe, Kim Knox, Ron Scherubel (moderator)
Presentation: Key Works of Modern Architecture by Frank Lloyd Wright: The World Heritage Nomination
Panel: Looking to the Future: The Conservancy and the Preservation of Modern Architecture
Grady Gammage Jr., Gunny Harboe FAIA, Vince Michael, Richard Longstreth (moderator)
David and Gladys Wright House (1950-52)
Be one of the first to see one of Wright's most innovative, unusual and personal designs.
First Christian Church (Taliesin Associated Architects 1971-78)
An amazing church built from Wright's never-executed 1950 plans for Southwest Christian Seminary.
Raymond Carlson House (1950)
Wright's three-story flat-roof design with post and beam construction and insulated cemesto panels.
Norman Lykes House (Wright concept 1959/Rattenbury 1967)
Wright’s site plan sketch was the basis of the design: a substantial, flat-roofed, desert-rose-tinted concrete block structure that sits on a steep site with views overlooking Phoenix.
Celebrate Halloween, Friday, Oct. 31, with food and drinks in one of the most unique houses in Phoenix. Built in 2012 by architect Eddie Jones
, The Outpost sits on a desert knoll that slopes out in three directions, its linear forms daringly built of wood to contrast with the topography and
welcome the weathering effects of nature. Tickets $150. Transportation provided.
Saturday, Nov. 1
Morning Sessions, 9AM to noon
Presentation: The Conservancy: It All Began in Buffalo...
Panel: Building a Wright House: A Conversation with Original Wright Homeowners
Harold Price Jr., Roland Reisley, Mary Walton, Susan Jacobs Lockhart (moderator)
Panel: Living with Wright: The Second Generation and Beyond
Penny Ablin, Chuck Henderson, Tom Wright, Susan Jacobs Lockhart (moderator)
Benjamin Adelman House (1951)
The first Usonian Automatic designed incorporates concrete block walls, similar to Wright's textile block houses.
Harold Price Sr. House (1954)
An unusual copper fascia adorns this flat-roofed concrete block structure.
Jorgine Boomer House (1953)
The soaring roofline rises around a central fireplace in this single-bedroom home.
House of Earth and Light (Al-Sayed 2003)
This award-winning residence by architect Marwan Al-Sayed was inspired by the ancient North African desert architecture of Morocco and the Sahara.
Gala Dinner and Wright Spirit Awards
We celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Conservancy in style on Saturday, Nov. 1 in the most historically significant rooms at the Biltmore. Enjoy hors d’oeuvres and wine in the Aztec Room while placing your final bids for items in our silent auction
. Then it’s on to a spectacular dinner by the Biltmore, special guests and the presentation of this year’s Wright Spirit Awards in the opulent Gold Room. General conference registration includes one admission to the gala. Additional tickets to the gala are available for $150.
Sunday, Nov. 2
Take a journey on Sunday an hour north of Phoenix to Arcosanti
, a mind-boggling urban laboratory established in 1970 by Italian architect Paolo Soleri, a fellow at Taliesin and Taliesin West in the 1940s. On this private tour, see the innovative spaces built by more than 7,000 practitioners of the late visionary Soleri’s theories of Arcology (architecture + ecology) to explore innovative design, community and environmental accountability. Tickets $150. Transportation provided. Tour departs from Arizona Biltmore at 8AM. Bus will make a stop at Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport at 2PM en route to the Arizona Biltmore.