Friday, December 19, 2014
Picking the Wright Hotel
Part of my making-lemonade-out-of-lemons mindset involved staying at the Arizona Biltmore on a recent journey to Phoenix. For years, I had lived under the false impression that this massive hotel had been designed by my architectural idol, Frank Lloyd Wright. Au contraire, mes amis. Wright was hired as a consultant by Albert Chase McArthur, the actual architect on record for the hotel that opened in 1929. Part of the Hilton portfolio, the company does very little to discourage this misconception.
The above vintage photo is from February 1936.
Ads for the desert resort touted its warm weather during the winter months, along with its riding trails, golf course, and numerous pools.
These hand-tinted post cards show the natural beauty of the Phoenix Mountain Preserve that surrounds the hotel.
Approaching the hotel:
The Patio area:
One of the pools:
From the lens of my camera, you can see that the property was decorated for Christmas.
Note the topiaries that spell out "Arizona Biltmore."
The bellmen waiting for the next guest to arrive:
A very large panoramic view to tide you over until the next post about my visit to the Arizona Biltmore:
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