Frank Lloyd Wright’s design for Arizona’s capitol

When Arizona set about designing its current capitol, the star architect had some of his own ideas.

By Andrew Oxford | Arizona Public Media

 The boxy mid-20th century buildings that house the Arizona Legislature are not particularly remarkable.

The committee rooms can feel cramped.

There is little majesty, or sunlight.

Visitors can be forgiven if they are not particularly impressed.

But it didn’t have to be this way.

As Arizona’s government set about designing the current capitol, Frank Lloyd Wright put forward his own ideas for a state capitol that would be unlike any other in the country — a desert palace and architectural landmark.

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