Discover Cosanti

photo by Jessica Jameson

A CULTURAL TREASURE OFF THE BEATEN PATH

Experience the imaginative experiments in architecture built by pioneering architect Paolo Soleri (1919-2013) at Cosanti, his former residence and design studio that today is home to Cosanti Originals, where the world-renowned bronze and ceramic Cosanti Windbells are made. Small group* and "outdoor mostly," these insightful and informative tours about the one-time apprentice to celebrated architect Frank Lloyd Wright and his inspired structures, are led by a knowledgeable tour guide and last approximately one-hour.  

UPDATED TOUR SCHEDULE

Beginning June 6, Sunday tours will temporarily not be offered at Cosanti but will resume in September.

Beginning June 7, summer tours will be offered Monday – Saturday at 9:15am and 10:30am, first come, first served. (An online scheduling portal is coming soon). Self-guided tours are not permitted.

 

photo by Jessica Jameson

DONATION-BASED TOURS BENEFIT NONPROFIT ORGANIZATION

Tours of Cosanti, a cultural site on the Arizona Registry of Historic Places, are offered without a fee, but donations are encouraged. Donations benefit The Cosanti Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to influencing a balance between the built world and the environment, the well-being of the planet and humankind.

COVID-19 RELATED SAFETY MEASURES ARE STILL IN EFFECT

*Due to Covid-19-related health and safety-related protocols, tours of Cosanti are limited to 12 people at this time. Also, until further notice, we continue to ask that all tour-goers wear a mask or face covering.

 

photo by Jessica Jameson

CONSENT AND RELEASE WAIVER

Tour-goers are required to complete a Consent and Release Waiver prior to touring of Cosanti. 

ACCESSIBILITY

Many people with physical disabilities, who use the aid of a wheelchair or other mobility equipment, may find themselves limited by narrow pathways, uneven pavement, steps, or other accessibility-challenged spaces. ADA-accessible restroom facilities are not available.

OUTDOOR CONDITIONS

While there will be strategic stopping and resting points during the indoor/outdoor one-hour tour of Cosanti, tourgoers should be aware that the experience involves a good deal of walking and standing, sometimes in the sun. Please be sure to plan accordingly, bringing water and using sun protection.

TOURS NOT OFFERED ON HOLIDAYS

Please note that Cosanti is open almost every day of the year but is closed on occasion in observance of the following holidays: New Year's Day, Easter, Juneteenth, Fourth of July, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas Day. On Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve, Cosanti is open only until 1pm. No tours are offered on the holidays listed above.

 

photo by Jessica Jameson

NO TIME TO TOUR? COME WATCH THE POUR

Locals know that Cosanti is one of the best places to bring out-of-town visitors or friends in the Valley who’ve yet to discover Cosanti! Of course, it’s best to take the one-hour guided tour but if you’re short on time, don’t skip Cosanti altogether: come watch the bronze pour!

In a carefully-choreographed process, skilled foundry artisans deftly pour the superheated bronze from a crucible into molds carved with the designs and patterns that will make each windbell one-of-a-kind. Don’t miss this "cool" spectacle where the 2,200 degree bronze flows like orange juice in both color and consistency, dazzling visitors for decades.

The bronze pour is only offered weekday mornings at approximately 9:30am and 10:30am.

PRIVATE TOURS

For inquiries regarding private, group, or school tours, please email info@cosanti.com.