H.C. Price Company Tower (1952), Bartlesville, Oklahoma

Price Company TowerThe H. C. Price Company Tower rises like a tall tree 221 feet above the eastern Oklahoma prairie. The nineteen story building with spire tower is constructed of reinforced concrete with cantilevered floors, copper louvers and copper-faced parapets, and gold-tinted glass exterior. The client had asked Wright to design a two-story office structure for his company, along with parking space for about ten to fifteen vehicles. Wright proposed instead a tower on the prairie as called for in his Broadacre City design, a “tower alone on the horizontal plain rather than in the vertical urban context with other towers.” The Price Tower has apartments in one quadrant of each floor, for a total of eight double-height apartments. Single-height offices occupy the other three quadrants in the pinwheel plan. Wright indicates the functions housed behind each elevation by his use of copper louvers or sunshades attached to the windows. In the three quadrants of offices, three angled horizontal louvers shade the glass and wrap around each corner; in the apartment quadrant, angled vertical louvers run uninterrupted the full height of the building with small balconies off the master bedrooms projecting through them at one edge.
Price Company Tower, mural

Mural, H.C. Price Company Tower

Price Company Tower, section

Section of the H.C. Price Company Tower

Price Company Tower, plans

Plans, H.C. Price Company Tower

Price Company Tower, drawing

Drawing, H. C. Price Company Tower. Copyright © the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation.

References: Frank Lloyd Wright by Robert McCarter, ©1997 Phaidon Press Limited; The Architecture of Frank Lloyd Wright by William Allin Storrer, ©1995 MIT Press

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