Foto Friday

Arizona offers no end of natural beauty. However, it also offers a lot of cool unnatural — i.e. man-made — sights. This week we’re celebrating some stunning buildings and views.


Situated to the north of Phoenix, Arcosanti originally began as a potentially groundbreaking solution to Earth’s environmental woes. Unfortunately, the project ran out of funding well before completion. However, it still offers some good views and an interesting aesthetic.

Monroe Abby

Originally the First Baptist Church built in 1929, a fire in 1982 turned it into a fascinating historic landmark.

Only the stunning, roofless shell of the 1929 First Baptist Church remains after being gutted by a fire in 1982. Former AZ Attorney General Terry Goddard saved the building from the wrecking ball and had the remains placed on the historic register. It has since undergone extensive rehab and stabilization by @patrybuildingcompany to help get it ready for tenancy. Today, the Italian Gothic-style building is known as Monroe Abbey and features beautiful motifs, stone columns and three-point arch doorways. . Read more about this and other historic gems in #DTPHX on our blog in celebration of national Historic Preservation Month. Link in profile. Special thanks to Patry for the unforgettable tour of this incredible building! ??? #dtphx

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Tempe Town Lake Bridge

Tempe Town Lake’s bridges feature in a lot of photos, but rarely from this angle.

Bridge views!

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New Murals

Murals occasionally pop up on buildings around the Phoenix area. This one titled “Malinda” sits proudly on the side of the Renaissance Phoenix Downtown Hotel.

Rooftop paradise

The view from the top of The Westin Phoenix should not be missed if you’re in the mood for a romantic evening. Check out some other rooftop restaurants and bars in the area.

This view gives us heart eyes ? Dinner party, pool party — we want to do it all! #dtphx ?: @westinphoenix

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Gilbert Temple

The Mesa Temple gets most of the love thanks to its Easter Pageant and the spectacular Mesa Temple Lights around Christmas, but the Gilbert Temple is clearly no slouch.

Gilbert temple?#lds #mormon #temple #gilbert #love #beautiful #arizona

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Chapel of the Holy Cross

Melding into the stunning Sedona scenery, the Chapel of the Holy Cross should definitely be on your list of attractions.

Taliesin West

The Arizona home of Frank Lloyd Wright, Taliesin West defines jaw-dropping architecture.

Moonrise (end of the Lunar Eclipse) over Frank Lloyd Wright's Taliesin West in Arizona. Just over five years ago, I was given the opportunity to photograph Taliesin West (Thank you Khrystyna) Those photos have taken me on such an amazing journey of seeing and photographing some of the most beautiful architecture in the world and meeting such wonderful people along the way! Taliesin West feels like home now and I will be forever grateful to all the stewards that have kept the spirit of Wright alive in the desert! It serves as inspiration to us all! #architecture #archdaily #curbed #design #realestate #azrealestate #openspace #architectmag #ig_masterpiece #wonderful_places #beautifuldestinations #tourplanet #photooftheday #franklloydwright#architect #taliesin #canon_official #arizonacollective #instagramaz #architecturalphotography #moon #organic #world_shotz #beautifuldestinations #architektur #architettura #500fllwproject #visitarizona

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David & Gladys Wright House

Taliesin West remains one of the better-known Frank Lloyd Wright constructions, but the wonderful David & Gladys Wright House should not be overlooked. Check out more Frank Lloyd Wright landmarks that you will want to know about.