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Architecture

Love architecture? From modernist homes to Native American ruins, you’ll find myriad structures of architectural interest to visit in Arizona.

Ancient Architecture: Ancient Native American architecture can be seen at sites like Besh-Ba-Gowah Archaeological Park, Casa Grande Ruins National Monument, Tuzigoot and others across Arizona.

Spanish Colonial Architecture: In Southern Arizona, the Spanish Colonial style was mixed with indigenous design at the Mission San Xavier del Bac, as well as the Owls Club and Steinfeld Houses in Tucson. Meanwhile, Mary Elizabeth Jane Colter, who designed both buildings and interiors for the Fred Harvey Company, influenced the Northern Arizona landscape.

Desert-Modern Architecture: Arizona’s most famous architect is inarguably Frank Lloyd Wright, who built his summer home and architectural school in the desert near Scottsdale in 1937. Known as Taliesin West, the winter camp still showcases Wright’s architectural theories with public tours and events – as well as stunning architecture of its own. Other Wright-designed buildings are scattered across Arizona, including Gammage Auditorium at Arizona State University in Tempe.

Arizona Architectural Attractions

  • Arizona Inn

    Architect Merritt Hudson Starkweather designed this resort for Arizona’s first U.S. Congresswoman, Isabella Greenway. Built in 1930, the Inn is still owned and operated by its founding family and continues to fulfill its original mission as a sop

  • Arizona and New Mexico Railway Passenger Depot

  • Besh-Ba-Gowah Archaeological Park

  • De Grazia's Gallery in the Sun

    DeGrazia Gallery in the Sun is a legendary landmark of Southwestern art and architecture created by the late Arizona artist Ted DeGrazia. On the National Register of Historic Places, the 10-acre gallery grounds showcase DeGrazia originals, the Mission

  • Historic Sahuaro Ranch Museum

    Built from 1887-1929, the ranch features a variety of styles. The architect for the packing shed and north wing of the main house was James M. Creighton. The guest house was designed by Chicago architect, J.L. Silsbee.

  • Mission San Xavier del Bac

    Widely considered the finest example of Spanish Colonial architecture in the United States, San Xavier is used daily by the Tohono O’odham Indians who live and worship in this district.

  • Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art

    The Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art (SMoCA) complements the existing Scottsdale Center for the Arts designed by Bennie Gonzales in 1975. Architect Will Bruder achieved the successful adaption of five movie theaters for 18,500 square feet of versa

  • Tuzigoot National Monument

  • El Tovar

    El Tovar is perhaps the most distinguished accommodation offered within Grand Canyon National Park. Located 20 feet from the South Rim, this rustic lodge with a large porch offers thrilling views of the canyon and wonderful people-watching opportunitie

  • Hassayampa Inn

    Prescott residents raised the money to build the four-story hotel to attract Phoenix tourists who wanted to escape the summer heat. It was designed by one of the Southwest’s most distinguished architects, Henry Trost, and opened in 1927.

  • La Posada

    Constructed between 1928-1930, La Posada was Mary Elizabeth Jane Colter’s favorite design; completed it when she was 60 years old. The 75-room luxury hotel opened May 15, 1930 as the last of the Fred Harvey Company hotels built by the Santa Fe Ra

  • Rock Art Ranch

    To view the rock art, visitors can drive to the rim of the canyon and take a short hike to the bottom, or use the observation deck on the rim. Visitors can also stay at the ranch, which is an Old West setting, and enjoy steak fry and cowboy music.

  • Grady Gammage Memorial Auditorium

    Designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, Gammage Auditorium was built between 1962 to 1964 following Wright’s death in 1959. The building was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1985.

  • Cosanti Foundation

    The Cosanti Foundation was established by Soleri and his late wife, Colly, as an unique experimental complex that allowed Soleri to explore his architectural theories. It is the site of Soleri’s first studio and home.
  • Tovrea Castle

    The wedding cake shaped home was designed and built by Alessio Carraro who created it as a centerpiece hotel to attract home buyers to his new development.
  • Frank Lloyd Wright's Taliesin West

    Tours take visitors through Wright’s living quarters, to the theater, his office and other buildings. Specialty tours are offered including tours of the desert shelters built by Taliesin Fellowship apprentices.

  • Jerome State Historic Park

    The 1916 mansion built by mining mogul James “Rawhide Jimmy” Douglas tops a hill overlooking his Little Daisy Mine. This former home is now a museum devoted to the Douglas family a

  • Riordan Mansion State Historic Park

    Architect Charles E. Whittlesey designed this elaborate duplex mansion for the Riordan brothers, their wives and children. The 40-room home was built in 1904 and is among the best examples of Craftsman-style architecture in the state.

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