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Taliesin West Considered for World Heritage List

Photo credit: Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation

By Sonja Haller for The Arizona Republic

Scottsdale’s Taliesin West could join the Taj Mahal and the Grand Canyon as one of the most significant sites on the planet.

The Secretary of the Interior announced Friday the nomination of 10 Frank Lloyd Wright-designed buildings for consideration on the World Heritage List. The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization World Heritage List includes buildings and sites that must be preserved because they possess outstanding value to their country and the world.

A UNESCO committee will consider inscription to the renowned list in the summer of 2016 after site visits this year. If Taliesin West becomes a World Heritage Site, it will join iconic places such as the Taj Mahal, Stonehenge, the Great Barrier Reef and the Statue of Liberty National Monument.

“It’s pretty significant and pretty exciting when you think that we have a site of this importance right in our backyard in the Valley of the Sun,” said Phoenix resident Fred Prozzillo, director of preservation for the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation.

Twenty-two sites in the United States have been inscribed on the World Heritage List, which adds new buildings or sites each year. Among the criteria is that a site “represent a masterpiece of human creative genius” and “exhibit an important interchange of human values over a span of time or within a cultural area of the world, on developments in architecture or technology, monumental arts, town-planning or landscape design.”

The designation does not include any funding toward preservation efforts of the sites.

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