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Inn at Price Tower

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    Inn at Price Tower
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1929 - Frank Lloyd Wright designs a group of four towers for St. Mark's-in-the-Bouwerie, in New York City. The proposed skyscrapers feature an abstract geometric "pinwheel" plan and an innovative "tap root" structure, with the floors cantilevered off a vertical core. The project is not built.

1935 - Wright completes construction of a model for a proposed ideal community, Broadacre City, and exhibits it in New York, at Rockefeller Center. The project removes the skyscraper from the congestion of the city, bringing it into the freedom of the open landscape.

1952 - Harold C. Price, founder of the H.C. Price Company, a builder of oil and gas pipelines, begins to consider the construction of a new headquarters building in Bartlesville, Oklahoma. He acquires a site at Sixth Street and Dewey Avenue. His sons Harold C., Jr. and Joe suggest that he consider giving the commission to Frank Lloyd Wright — a recommendation made to them by architect Bruce Goff, whom they know from the University of Oklahoma.

April - Harold Price speaks with Wright on the phone and outlines the proposal for a three - or four-story building for his company, with 8,000 square feet on each floor.

June - The Price family visits Wright in Wisconsin, at Taliesin, to discuss the proposal. Wright argues for the construction of a skyscraper.

August - Harold Price sends Wright the summary program for the building, which will include office space for H.C. Price Company; the Public Service Company of Oklahoma; and offices and apartments, which Price hopes to rent to offset the cost of the building.

September - Wright completes preliminary sketches, drawing on his earlier designs for St. Mark's-in-the-Bouwerie.

1953 - April - Wright sends Price the completed plans, as well as an article on the building for Architectural Forum. Contractors submit bids.

May - Wright exhibits a model of Price Tower at the International Petroleum Exposition in Tulsa. (The model subsequently travels to the New York Usonian Exhibition Pavilion, on the site where the Guggenheim Museum will rise.) Site preparation begins in Bartlesville for the Price Tower.

June - Price hires Culwell Construction Company, Oklahoma City. The construction contract sets the cost of the building at $1.25 million, exclusive of Wright's fee.

July-October - Wright works on revising the design.

November - Construction begins.

1954 - April - Wright's furniture specifications are ready for the manufacturer.

May - Wright reviews specifications of materials and colors for the elevators.

August - Wright delivers furniture layout plans for offices and apartments.

1955 - January - The tower is topped off with construction of the nineteenth floor.

February - Windows and doors are being installed.

April - Wright delivers specifications for Harold Price, Sr.'s desk, a dining room table, ventilation in ceilings, light needle on top of tower, and dishwasher installation in apartment kitchens. He specifies an aluminum edge for all furniture.

June - Under Wright's supervision, and with Mary Lou Price's coordination, a model apartment is furnished.

September - Wright reviews the final specifications for desks and chairs. Installation of the louvers has proceeded halfway down the apartments on the building's north side.

December - Harold Price, Sr.'s office is finished with the exception of its glass mural. Price asks Wright to complete his specifications for the details of the building's entrance. Wright designs car stops for the parking spaces.

1956 - January 2 - The H.C. Price Company moves into the Price Tower.

February 10 - Dedication of the Price Tower, followed by three days of free tours for the public.

June - The Price family visits Wright at Taliesin for his birthday.

1959 - March 16 - Frank Lloyd Wright dies.

1962 - January 28 - Harold C. Price, Sr. dies.

1974 - The National Register of Historic Places lists the Price Tower.

1981 - The H.C. Price Company relocates to Dallas, Texas. Phillips Petroleum Company purchases the Price Tower.

1983 - The American Institute of Architects confers its Twenty-Five Year Award on the Price Tower.

1990 - Phillips Petroleum Company makes space available in the Price Tower for the Bartlesville Museum.

1998 - The Bartlesville Museum is reorganized as Price Tower Arts Center.

2000 - Phillips Petroleum Company refurbishes the Price Tower.

2001 - Phillips Petroleum Company donates the Price Tower to Price Tower Arts Center under the leadership of C.J. Silas, former Chairman of Phillips.

2002-03 - Price Tower Arts Center commissions architect Wendy Evans Joseph to remodel eight floors of the tower into Inn at Price Tower and a restaurant-bar, Copper.

2005-6 - Price Tower Arts Center organizes and circulates the exhibition Prairie Skyscraper: Frank Lloyd Wright's Price Tower on the occasion of the building's 50th anniversary.

2007 - April 4 - The Price Tower is designated a National Historic Landmark by the U.S. Secretary of the Interior, Dirk Kempthorne.

2011 - July - US Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar announced his selection of Price Tower as an official cultural site nominee to become a United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) World Heritage Site.


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