Friday, June 5, 2009

Assignment Sedona

"No house should ever be on a hill or on anything. It should be of the hill. Belonging to it. Hill and house should live together each the happier for the other.”
Frank Lloyd Wright

This home exudes the aura of having sprung from the loins of Sedona.Western Art and Architecture assigned me to pen the words for a feature in their next edition. They will accompany images by Gene Sasse of this creation by Design Group Architects of Sedona, Arizona.

Owned by local philanthropists who cherish their privacy, the owner-family will remain anonymous. This dwelling is a fascinating study of how art, architecture and the natural landscape can exist in seamless harmony.

The owners respect for the work of Design Group Architects, and a desire to share the artistic ethos their home exemplifies, must be why they generously granted Western Art and Architecture permission to share how joyful ecologically responsible living can be.

In 1945, a frontier town was built for the filming company at the base of Eagle Rock (aka Coffee Pot Rock) for the John Wayne classic, "Angel and the Badman". The geologic monolith casts a spell of wonder everywhere it is seen in Sedona. I was in a state of awe the entire time the architects, Mike Bower and Max Licher, and designer, Jennifer Aderhold, graciously explained details, such as how they used the painterly light of this specific site in Sedona to add real life to a still building.

The drive back to Diamond Bar, I thought of how fortunate I was to have just a glimpse of what it must feel like living with the scenery of the "ultimate master artist" as a mural. The good fortune to have the schedule flexible enough to experience, ponder and now write- I am truly blessed.

There is lots to share about this adventure. But that will have to wait until the story which is entrusted me is painted in words suitable for framing.

Until then- I wish you all God Speed

Image by Gene Sasse used with permission

Western Art and Architecture

Design Group Architects


  1. Lydia.
    What a wonderful description of a special place, Sedona. The geologic formations and the colors are something to behold. No wonder so many of these sites were chosen by talented directors who made films in the West.
    I'm looking forwarding to checking the links you've included in your post, as well as the next copy of the publication this will be in. Great job with your descriptions.
    Edda ....a citizen of the West

  2. How wonderful to have the money and vision and talent to create such a space ! Harmony with nature, Frank Lloyd Wright's gift, is also seen in that building, from what I could glimpse in the picture. Very much looking forward to reading more about it - and seeing pictures of EVERY single room, please !

  3. Dear Edda- When you get to the architects' website- notice the ceilings. They do the most interesting ceilings.

    Dear Annie- When WA&A publishes the story- be prepared to be enchanted. So often large homes have space- but this one also has a sense of enclosure. Like a nest. A happy, contented one.

  4. Lydia,

    One word came to mind as I viewed your picture and commentary. Awesome! So happy you had a fun and successful trip.
    Can't wait to see and read more! Thank you for sharing!

    Hugs, Trisha

  5. Lydia, why is it that your words always seem to enhance the already perfect. Thanks for refreshing my memories of mysteriously captivating Sedona.

    Anxiously awaiting the next chapter in your journey.

    Judy Duvall
    Seal Beach, CA


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