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The 20th century would bring with it the beginnings of Scottsdale’s illustrious arts and culture scene. Artist Jessie Benton Evans allowed the Jokake Inn to be built on her property, which became a tearoom and guesthouse in the 1920s. The Inn now resides on the property of The Phoenician Resort and Hotel, which maintains a tea house of its own. Renowned architect Frank Lloyd Wright established his winter home, Taliesin West, at the foot of the McDowell Mountains in 1937. Cosmetic extraordinaire Elizabeth Arden opened the Maine Chance Spa in 1940 as a getaway for local and international celebrities and royals.
In 1970, “America’s original art walk” was created in downtown Scottsdale and renamed the Scottsdale ArtWalk. Perhaps most laudably, the citizens of Scottsdale approved a sales tax in the 1990s that would fund the McDowell Sonoran Preserve. This act served to protect one-third of Scottsdale’s land.