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The Bartlesville Area History Museum exhibit “The Mystery and Appeal of Shin’enkan.”

Wednesday, August 28, 2019

to Friday, November 29, 2019

The Bartlesville Area History Museum announces a new exhibit “The Mystery and Appeal of Shin’enkan.”

“Shin’enKan was the extraordinary home designed and built by Bruce A. Goff, an American architect, well known by his leanings of natural and earthy use of things from nature in in the design and building of structures, with often showy and colorful objects,” said BAHM Collections Manager Debbie Neece. “He built many homes as well as other buildings in Oklahoma and elsewhere. The Bartlesville home he built for Joe Price, son of H. C. Price, was once a citywide topic for discussion. The Architectural phenomenon was built and located on the Price’s family estate, Starview Farm South of Bartlesville.

“The master of extremely adaptable architecture, Bruce Goff said it best, ‘Shin’enKan has its own style so it will never be out of style,’” she said.

The Price family donated Shin’enKan to the University of Oklahoma College of Architecture as a memorial to Goff and to be used as a “think tank” for architectural students. It was also a popular attraction for tourists and was open for tours and private parties. Two private citizens purchased the structure from OU in June 1996 and an agreement was made to lease the property to “Friends of Shin’enkan,” who would care for and run the facility. However, the extraordinary structure was burned to the ground by arsonists on Dec. 26, 1996. The case was never solved.

The Bartlesville Area History Museum is a family friendly facility where admission is free and donations are always welcome. Hours are 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Image representing the The Bartlesville Area History Museum exhibit “The Mystery and Appeal of Shin’enkan.” event in Bartlesville, OK
Location: Bartlesville Area History Museum
Where: 401 S. Johnstone-5th floor
Bartlesville, OK 74003
Phone: 918-338-4290
When: 8:00 am. to 4:00 pm.
Wednesday, August 28, 2019