Price Tower Arts Center and its community are already proven magnets for those who appreciate architecture. Bartlesville is home to significant buildings by Welton Becket, Edward Buehler Delk, John Duncan Forsyth, Bruce Goff, HOK (Hellmuth, Obata + Kassabaum), Clifford May, and Frank Lloyd Wright, forming an impressive survey of aspects of 20th-century American architecture.
Contemporary design has not been neglected, with Price Tower Arts Center’s commissions from Wendy Evans Joseph and Zaha Hadid. The works of these architects, added to the Arts Center’s collections and its Architecture Study Center will provide an unparalleled architectural destination. It will be a vibrant “center for studies in American architecture in the American heartland” (Dean Frederick Steiner, University of Texas).
Neighboring Tulsa also enjoys a rich architectural legacy, with spectacularly preserved Art Deco structures that attest to the Oil Boom of the 1920s and 1930s. In Tulsa, Frank Lloyd Wright designed Westhope (1929) for his cousin Richard Lloyd Jones, a local newspaper magnate. It is Wright’s only textile block house outside California. Joseph Siry’s account of architecture in early 20th-century Bartlesville is recommended reading (Anthony Alofsin, ed. Prairie Skyscraper: Frank Lloyd Wright’s Price Tower, New York, 2005, pp. 44-71).