Gammage Memorial Auditorium (1959)
Frank Lloyd Wright, Architect
Arizona State University
Apache Blvd. at Mill Ave. , Tempe AZ 85281
From the archives, visited September 27, 2009
This building was never a favorite of mine while studying Wright’s architecture in college. I was in Phoenix to visit Taliesin West, and while there I located and visited all of Wright’s buildings in the area. This building surprised me, and I left liking it. In person, there are interesting perspectives and almost frivolous details in the copper colored arches cascading down the ramps holding the simple white globe lights in copper colored rings. The pink lollypop colonnade still perplexes me, but the brick rotunda in the rear with its row of shallow arches (reminiscent of Saarinen’s chapel at MIT) was strong and well worth the stop.
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