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Phoenix Rising: The History of the Arizona Biltmore
History that transcends elegance on this Heritage Tour hosted at GeoTourist
Explore this new tour hosted by GeoTourist as a Tourism showcase of the Arizona Biltmore. http://geotourist.com/#/
Iconic, not merely for the refined elegance. Historical, with the architectural imprint of Frank Lloyd Wright.
From the Silver Screen to the White House rediscover history that transcends opulence.
Whether "The Sprites" carved art deco sculptures, or the stunning stained glass of the "Saguaro Forms and Cactus Flowers" or "Textile Block" that still comprise the Biltmore logo...reflective of the elegant masonry, whether the "History Room" ( Mystery Room ) circa Prohibition or the "Historic Hallway" host to the Oval Office since Herbert Hoover.
Discover the gilded history of the Gold Room and Aztec Room.
The original building consists of 33,000 pounds of copper in the roof, as well as the 2nd largest gold leaf ceiling in the world - surpassed only by the Taj Mahal.
While the epitome of fining dining at the Wrights at the Biltmore is surrounded by architectural elegance.
Great resorts have great pools. The Paradise Pool is updated with water slides and poolside movie screen. Marilyn Monroe named the Catalina Pool as her favorite. Irving Berlin penned "White Christmas" while poolside.
As for storied historical chronicle...
The saga begins when brothers Warren and Charles McArthur moved from Chicago to Phoenix in 1910.
Entrepreneurial spirit that began as a car dealers that expanded to Tourism.
By 1924, the brothers vision of Arizona as a tourist destination crafted an agreement with the Bowman – Biltmore Hotel Group, and created the Arizona Biltmore. This new venture also persuaded their brother, Albert Chase McArthur, an architect tutored by Frank Lloyd Wright to head the project. Thusly the design of the Biltmore would pay tribute to Frank Lloyd Wright’s architectural philosophy of organic architecture by using materials native to the Arizona desert site.
Land was secured eight miles out from Phoenix with assistance from investors including chewing gum magnate, William Wrigley Jr.
McArthur chose to use a "Textile Block" construction technique Frank Lloyd Wright had used for homes built in California. Although Wright was a founding consultant, tensions soured the partnering.
McArthur proceeded with the original organic philosophy, deploying onsite sand and Arizona canal water for the masonry. This "Textile Block" design has become a signature of the Biltmore resort. There are several historical interpretations regarding this design: whether reflective of a freshly cut palm tree, or actually an architectural representation of a mathematical equation for the refraction of light.
Other Frank Lloyd influences added to the resort include the stunning stained glass creation "Saguaro Forms and Cactus Flowers"
Upon the Wrigley family divestment of the Biltmore resort 1973, the Talley family acquistion employed students from Taliesin West, the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture in Scottsdale, to renovate the main building, including re-installation of the gold leaf ceiling.
The property shifted investment control several times through the years. In 2013, the Biltmore resort is now operated as a member of the Waldorf-Astoria Collection.
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