BARTLESVILLE’S PRICE TOWER MAKES CNN LISTNamed among the top 16 famous buildings in the south
BARTLESVILLE, Okla., January 20, 2021 — Bartlesville’s own Price Tower was honored to receive national attention from a major news network recently. The Tower was one of 16 buildings included on CNN.com’s list of “Famous Buildings in the American South.” The popular website featured an architectural tour of must-see buildings and landmarks and touted Frank Lloyd Wright’s world-renowned Price Tower as one of his most influential designs.
A link to the entire CNN article can be found at http://bit.ly/PriceTowerCNN.
Price Tower Executive Director Rick Loyd says the team at Price Tower was elated to learn of the designation.
“We are so pleased to hear the Tower is part of this impressive list,” said Loyd. “When a national media giant such as CNN identifies the uniqueness and important aspects of Price Tower, it’s a great reminder to visitors near and far that it’s worth your time to see what the Tower is all about.”
Price Tower is listed alongside many well-known buildings and attractions in the southern part of the U.S. including the Mercedes Benz Superdome in New Orleans, Little Rock’s Clinton Presidential Library & Museum and world-famous tourist destination “The Alamo” in San Antonio. Other list notables include Maryland’s National Aquarium, Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium - original home of the Grand Ole Opry - and Thomas Jefferson’s “Monticello” in Charlottesville, Virginia.
“First of all, these are some amazing buildings to be associated with, and secondly, this is such a unique and eclectic list of buildings to be part of…It includes an aquarium, major sports arena, castles and the Alamo…so Price Tower right here in Oklahoma is in great company,” said Loyd.
At the beginning of his article, CNN writer Forrest Brown encourages travelers to explore the highways and byways of the American South to best view its architecture. Brown says sojourners will discover the “true nature” of the South to be a region of the U.S. that’s “far more diverse than many imagine.”
In the portion of the story featuring Price Tower, Brown refers to the edifice as the only skyscraper designed by noted “horizontalist” Frank Lloyd Wright. He outlines the Tower’s original intended location in New York City and its coming to life in the mid ‘50s as headquarters for a pipeline construction company located in Bartlesville, Oklahoma. Brown then enlightens readers on Wright’s poetic, nature-based tree design with the tower’s “trunk” (elevator shafts and structural walls) serving as support for “branches” (concrete slabs) that extend outward - and the Tower’s “leaves” being the copper panels and sun louvers.
Loyd says this national publicity reinforces the wide-spread appeal Price Tower holds across the U.S. and beyond.
“I’m amazed where our guests come in from. In just November and December of 2020, even with it being an off year and not a peak time period, we had guests staying in our hotel from 43 states and Canada,” said Loyd. “That’s incredible to me. I doubt there are many communities our size that can tout that. Of course, tourism brings revenue our state and we are all very proud to show off Oklahoma.”
Price Tower, located in downtown Bartlesville, houses a 19 guest room boutique Inn, fine dining on floors 15 and 16 inside Copper Restaurant + Bar and a free art gallery open seven days a week. Historic tours of the iconic Tower are offered daily and more information can be found at PriceTower.org.
“It’s easy for all of us to take for granted the amazing aspects of our own home state – but we hope recognition like this from CNN will be a good reminder to bring friends and family when they come to Oklahoma to appreciate the awesome things Price Tower brings to our great state,” said Loyd.
Price Tower Arts Center is a member of Green Country Tourism, one of eight Multi-County Organizations promoting regional tourism in Oklahoma.