Apr 302014
Scottdale Spire
A tower to the sky based on a Frank Lloyd Wright design, built on a corner in north Scottsdale

A tall blue spire sits on the southeast corner of Frank Lloyd Wright Boulevard and Scottsdale Road in Scottsdale, Arizona. It was built in 2004 based on a design by architect Frank Lloyd Wright, originally intended for the Arizona State Capitol Building.

In the late 1950s, when Arizona planned to build a new Capitol building, Frank Lloyd Wright submitted an unsolicited design. Wright’s “Oasis in the Desert” would have been a large complex including fountains, reflecting pools, shopping and gathering areas set inside the desert beauty of Papago Park. It also featured a large blue spire reaching into the clouds. The Legislature turned down Wright’s design and “Oasis in the Desert” was never built. A model is on display at Taliesin West

The developers of the Promenade retail and dining complex received approval to build the spire in a small park at the corner of their site.

Scottsdale Spire tiles

Blue and teal translucent tiles change colours with the position of the sun


The small park features a covered seating area, fountains, and sculptures by Taliesin Fellow Heloise Crista.

Heloise Crista sculptures

Heloise Crista sculptures:
“Alchemy” left, “Guardian” top right, “Night and Day” bottom right

Impressive by day, the tower becomes stunning at night. Illuminated internally, it is visible for miles.


  2 Responses to “Scottsdale Spire”

  1. It is a very impressive piece. It should be seen both in daylight and at night.

  2. Yes, indeed – it looks quite different in the night time than in the day.

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