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When architect Paolo Soleri was swayed by the wind along the path of organic modernism

Soleri, FLWright Desert Architectural Tour

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Spring is a wonderful time of year to visit the Scottsdale-Phoenix area—before the scorching summer heat kicks in. There, a number of charming architectural attractions await the MCM enthusiast.

First of all, both Cosanti (6433 E. Doubletree Ranch Rd., Paradise Valley, near Scottsdale) and Arcosanti (13555 S. Cross L Rd., Mayer, about 90 minutes away) are open for visitors.

There also are a number of remarkable structures in the area by Frank Lloyd Wright, whose organic architecture originally attracted Paolo Soleri to the area. Let it attract you as well:

Taliesen West was designed and built by Wright with his students, the Taliesen Fellowship, in the mid-1930s to house Wright's architectural school and practice. Numerous tours available. (12621 N. Frank Lloyd Wright Blvd., Scottsdale)

The Frank Lloyd Wright Spire was rejected when proposed for the Arizona state capitol in 1957. But the glass-and-steel, 125-foot tower was built in 2004 as an amenity in a shopping center. (7207 E. Frank Lloyd Wright Blvd., Scottsdale)

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First Christian Church of Phoenix is another rejected Wright design, this one from 1949, that didn't get built until 1973. It has a notable spire plus a bell tower. (6750 N. 7th Ave., Phoenix)

The Biltmore Hotel dates to 1928 and uses concrete 'textile' blocks, which Wright also used in Los Angeles residences of that period. (2400 E. Missouri Ave., Phoenix)

Norman Lykes house. Drive by this private home, a remarkable 1959 Wright design—all concrete and curves and built into the side of a mountain. (6836 N. 36th St., Phoenix)

While in the area, when it's time to take a break from touring architecture, consider putting aside most of a day to take in the fascinating Musical Instrument Museum. (4725 E. Mayo Blvd., Phoenix)