Jewel of the Desert

Known throughout the world as the “Jewel of the Desert,” the Arizona Biltmore provides a restful oasis of 39 acres covered with lush gardens, glistening swimming pools, and Frank Lloyd Wright-influenced architecture. Set in the heart of Phoenix, the Arizona Biltmore has been a favorite of celebrities and U.S. presidents throughout its colorful history since its completion in 1929.

The stylized bricks, which you see on all the buildings, were not designed by Frank Lloyd Wright but by the resort’s architect, Albert Chase McArthur, who has not received the credit due to him. FLW is often mistaken as the architect but he was just the inspiration. The brick design is based on the logarithm of a B-flat minor. Albert was a brilliant mathematician and believed in the correlation between light and sound (Wikipedia).

You also see a lot of these at the Arizona Biltmore…

White adirondacks which make you feel as though you could be back in 1929.

A stately, understated elegance prevails here, unlike some of the newer, flashy resorts.

Lush, manicured gardens and spraying fountains abound…

And it’s where I discovered I love poppies (see previous post). They’re freakin’ everywhere!

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12 thoughts on “Jewel of the Desert

  1. You’ve done a masterful job of presenting this very interesting and beautiful place. I was particularly intrigued by the concept of the correlation between light and sound. There is a reason we like odd numbers…like 3 – visually and in sound. A very fine series of pictures.

  2. What an interesting place. Is this a Hotel or something like that? I like the “open” bricks very much. And the chairs are beautiful. It does give a sense of going back in time….

  3. Well, if I ever get to your neck of the woods…er…desert…I know where I’m going to stay. 😉 Beautiful captures of the architecture and the gardens, Candace.

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