/ Modified jun 7, 2022 1:27 p.m.

Frank Lloyd Wright's vision for Arizona's capitol

When Arizona set about designing its current capitol, the star architect had some of his own ideas.

Frank Lloyd Wright's Arizona capitol Frank Lloyd Wright's design for Arizona's capitol.
The Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation
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The boxy mid-20th century buildings that house the Arizona Legislature are not particularly remarkable.

The committee rooms can feel cramped.

There is little majesty, or sunlight.

Visitors can be forgiven if they are not particularly impressed.

But it didn't have to be this way.

As Arizona's government set about designing the current capitol, Frank Lloyd Wright put forward his own ideas for a state capitol that would be unlike any other in the country — a desert palace and architectural landmark.

Stuart Graff, president and CEO of the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation, spoke with AZPM about the plan and why the state never embraced it.

Read more

Never Before Seen Look at Frank Lloyd Wright’s Unbuilt Arizona Capitol “Oasis”, Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation

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frank lloyd wright arizona capitol floorplan VIEW LARGER The floor plan for Frank Lloyd Wright's design of the Arizona capitol.
The Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation
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