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Frank Lloyd Wright's Price Tower

510 Dewey Avenue

History

Frank Lloyd Wright called this masterpiece the “tree that escaped the crowded forest” when he completed it for the H.C. Price International Pipeline Company in 1956. The Price Tower is Frank Lloyd Wright’s only built skyscraper. The combination apartment-office building received the American Institute of Architects 25-year Award and is on the National Register of Historic Places. The Price Tower Arts Center offers a variety of traveling art exhibitions and permanent exhibitions on Wright, Bruce Goff and the Price Company and Tower.
Recent renovations by architect Wendy Evans Joseph have created an upscale 21-room boutique inn called Inn at Price Tower. With the creation of this inn Frank Lloyd Wright enthusiasts can have the opportunity to overnight in a Frank Lloyd Wright building, a once in a lifetime experience! Also on the premises and open for business is the Copper Restaurant + Bar, creating a fine dining experience for Bartlesville natives and visitors alike. Future plans for the Price Tower Arts Center include an expansion of their educational program. The Price Tower Arts Center has currently commissioned world-renowned architect, Zaha Hadid, to create the new complex that will adjoin the Price Tower, complementing the symmetrical design of Frank Lloyd Wright.
The Price Tower is an architectural jewel that attracts visitors from around the world, not only for the architecture, but also for its world-class exhibitions. Truly a one-of-a-kind must see!

Measuring 221 feet from the top of the spire and standing 19 stories high, the Price Tower is Frank Lloyd Wright’s tallest built skyscraper. The combination apartment-office building received the American Institute of Architects 25-year Award and is on the National Register of Historic Places. The Price Tower, named after its former owner H.C. Price, is built on a cantilever design. There are four interior vertical shafts from which all the floors and walls project. None of the exterior walls are structural, but are merely screens resting on the horizontal cantilevered floors. The interior shafts divide the Price Tower into four separate vertical quadrants, each quadrant with its own elevator. The interior rooms of the Price Tower are unusual in design in that they are predominately triangular in shape. From a distance, oxidized copper louvers that provide shade for windows create the illusion of green branches and with the unique architectural design of a tapering tower from the nineteenth floor; it’s no wonder that Frank Lloyd Wright called this masterpiece the “tree that escaped the crowded forest.” Furniture designed by Frank Lloyd Wright specifically for the H.C. Price Company is still set in place and can be seen on tours. The Price Tower is truly an architectural wonder that you won’t want to miss with intricate interior staircases, kitchens with hidden features and to be found at every turn, the distinctive touch of Frank Lloyd Wright.

The Price Tower and Gallery Today

Today the Price Tower houses the Price Tower Arts Center, the Inn at Price Tower (an upscale 21–suite hotel whose architecture and furnishings were designed by Wendy Evans Joseph), and Copper Restaurant + Bar.  International–renowned architect, Zaha Hadid designed a building addition to the Price Tower complex. The building would be utilized in a number of different ways including a new museum, lecture hall, 10,000 sq. ft. exhibition hall, educational classrooms, library, administrative offices and much more.

Explore art, renderings, architectural fragments, archival materials and more from Frank Lloyd Wright, Bruce Goff and their contemporaries in the Price Tower Arts Center Gallery.

Admission

Tower Tour: $12.00 adults; Senior Citizens 65+, Students and Children - $10.00
Museum: $6.00 adults; Senior Citizens 65+, Students - $5.00
Members and children (16 and under) Free
Tower Tour price includes Museum admission.

 

Image courtesy Price Tower
Image of Frank Lloyd Wright's Price Tower.
Location:
Frank Lloyd Wright's Price Tower
510 Dewey Avenue,
Bartlesville, OK 74003
Phone: 918-336-4949
Website: http://www.pricetower.org
Hours: Exhibitions:
Tuesday – Saturday:
10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Sunday:
12:00– 5:00 p.m.
Closed Holidays

Tower Tours:
Tuesday –
Saturday 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.
Sunday 2:00 p.m.