Light/Breezes

Light/Breezes
SUNRISE AT DEATH VALLEY-Photo by Tom Cochrun

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

THE JEWEL OF THE DESERT

LINES AT THE BILTMORE
     The Arizona Biltmore is one of those special places. A rich history and an elegance of another age makes it a place
worthy of returning to. It is also a photographer's dream.



    I'm back for a round of meetings and enjoying the visual texture.  People think they see Frank Lloyd Wright's work here. In a sense they do.  The architect was Albert Chase McArthur who was mentored and guided by Wright.

 It's been a hang out for stars since it opened in 1929. In what could be one of pop cultures greatest disconnects, Irving Berlin wrote White Christmas here-in the Valley of the Sun.



 Every American President since Herbert Hoover has stayed here.  One night Sammy Davis Jr, Frank Sinatra and Liza Minelli surprised late night patrons with an impromptu performance in the famed lobby bar.







  Of course this time of year it is a tad warm.  At this writing it is 100.  It is bound for 108.  The evening cool may get down to 86!
   See you down the trail. (in the shade)

4 comments:

  1. I was thinking Frank Lloyd Wright just as I read about the connection. This place still looks delightfully modern, a miracle considering how old it is.

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  2. I stayed at the Biltmore a number of years ago. Great resort. I remember it has an incredible pool, where is the photo?

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  3. Steve-
    when I get a chance to "play", I'll get a pool photo for you!!

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