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The Arizona Biltmore is a living architectural masterpiece by perhaps the greatest architect in American history, Frank Lloyd Wright. Wright worked with a former student, Albert Chase McArthur, on the Biltmore. The Biltmore was built exclusively of “Biltmore Block.” The blocks were made from desert sand on-site and created in 34 different geometric patterns inspired by the trunk of a palm tree.
The Arizona Biltmore opened its doors for the first time in 1929. The much-heralded opening was expanded from one day to three days to accommodate the long list of high society patrons. In many ways, it was to be the party of the decade, in a decade that had a lot of great parties.
Before long William Wrigley, Jr. became the sole owner and built the resort’s first swimming pool. The Catalina Pool is well known as Marilyn Monroe’s favorite pool. The Wrigley family sold the Biltmore to Talley Industries and by 1985 a large-scale refurbishment was underway.
With the opening of the Frank Lloyd Wright Ballroom, the Arizona Biltmore became the largest meeting and event venues in the state. Ronald and Nancy Reagan celebrated their honeymoon at the resort, and every president from Herbert Hoover through George W. Bush has been a guest. These days, The Arizona Biltmore boasts 740 guest rooms. The Arizona Biltmore has been a beacon for elegance and design and continues to uphold this proud tradition into the 21st century.
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