Arizona Biltmore Hotel
Built in 1929 just before the Great Depression, the Arizona Biltmore, the "Jewel of the Desert", is the landmark hotel of Phoenix. It feels like a Frank Lloyd Wright building and a controversy exists about that. The architect, Albert Chase McArthur, has been a student of Frank Lloyd Wright, who actually did some consulting on the project. How much contribution is owed to whom is subject to controversy; the building is referenced in the list of Frank Lloyd Wright's works on the website of his Foundation. Initially commissioned by the architect's brothers, by completion it was fully owned by the chewing-gum magnate William Wrigley Jr. Marilyn Monroe found there her favourite pool and since built every President of the USA has stayed. The Wright influence is accentuated by the fact that the Taliesin practice, heir to Wright's practice, worked on a renovation after a fire in the 1973. Further renovation and additions took place in the 1990s, respectful of the style.