Sunday, November 02, 2008

The Jewel of the Desert

The Arizona Biltmore. Wonder inside this beautiful hotel and discover local history.


The Sprites. They were resurrected from their demise and given to the Arizona Biltmore Resort and Spa as gifts. Now called the Biltmore Sprites, the Sprites of Midway Gardens were in a sense the lost children of architect Frank Lloyd Wright and sculptor Alfonso Iannelli. These geometric architectural statues were conceived in 1914 for the specific purpose of adorning and watching over Midway Gardens, once a center for premier entertainment, fine food and music on Chicago's lakefront. Most of the Sprites met a premature and unfortunate demise during Prohibition.

A door to the one of the villas.

We were exploring our city. As fans of the Samantha Brown shows, we knew this jewel was right in our backyard and we decided to make its acquaintance. You can see it here too.

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