Raymond Carlson House

The Carlson House was located not far from the First Christian Church we had visited the other day; fortunately, the address given was correct. In the case of many of the Wright properties, some due diligence and much patience must be applied in order to locate a particular property. In this case, the location was a major disappointment: trees and a significant wall hid the entire home and surrounding property of the original owner Raymond Carlson, who, after graduating from Stanford University, got a job with the Arizona Highway department and ultimately became editor of the Arizona Highways Magazine. (Magazine cover shown on page is from February 1956 and features Taliesin West. 

Exterior of the Carlson House

Hidden From View

Some pictures of the home are available on the Internet, but I would suggest you not waste your time looking for this one. Unless you are invited inside by appointment, there is literally nothing that can be seen of the four-by-four posts and Masonite infill panels described in the Frank Lloyd Wright Field Guide. It did undergo extensive renovation recently (circa 2005) to the tune of about $1 million...

Carlson House

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Arizona Highways, February 1956 (Frank Lloyd Wright, Taliesin West) (Vol. 32, No. 2)

Location

1123 West Palo Verde Drive
Phoenix, Arizona

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Privately owned and not available for tours.

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Arizona Highways July 1956 (Navajo Art, Uranium Mining, Flagstaff Pow Wow) (Vol. 32 No. 7)