Inn at Price Tower

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Discover the Inn at Price Tower with its unique Frank Lloyd Wright design.

Inn at Price Tower was constructed in the years following World War II, in which the United States was defined by the Civil Rights Movement and the Cold War.

The Inn at Price Tower is just one of several facilities that reside within the famous Price Tower. In 1952, Harold C. Price – the founder of the H.C. Price Company – began contemplating the construction of a new headquarters in downtown Bartlesville, Oklahoma. Price desired such a move, since Bartlesville was close to the oil and natural gas reservoirs that that relied upon his company’s pipelines. He selected a lot along Sixth Street and Dewey Avenue as the site for the new building. At the behest of his sons, Joe and Harold C. Jr., Price hired Frank Lloyd Wright to head its design team. After discussing plans with the architect in Washington, Wright successfully convinced the Prices to erect a 19-floor skyscraper that featured a blend of offices and luxury apartments.

Over the course of the next three years, Wright and his contractor, Haskell Culwell, diligently constructed Price’s new building. He incorporated several brilliant architectural features into its layout, including solid-gold wall paintings and beautiful aluminum-trimmed windows. Guests even encountered two inscriptions from Walt Whitman’s “Salut au Monde” and the “Song of the Broad-Axe” upon entering the lobby. When Price Tower finally debuted on January 2, 1956, it was truly a site to behold. The H.C. Price Company quickly moved into the structure, where it would remain for the next quarter of a century.

The Phillips Petroleum Company would purchase the rights to Price Tower in 1981, when the H.C. Price Company relocated to Dallas, Texas. It subsequently made space available inside the building for the Bartlesville Museum. This amazing cultural institution later became known as the Price Tower Arts Center in 1998. The organization was then joined by the Inn at Price Tower and restaurant called “Cooper” in 2003. Now a U.S. National Historic Landmark, Price Tower is among the most outstanding places to visit in all of Oklahoma.

  • About the Architecture +
    The only high rise designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, the 19 rooms of the Prairie Skycraper, UNESCO-nominated hotel, occupy seven of the upper floors of famed mid-century architect Frank Lloyd Wright’s only skyscraper, Price Tower.

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