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Prairie Skyscraper

To mark the 50th anniversary of Wright’s Price Tower in 2006, the Arts Center presented a major exhibition, Prairie Skyscraper: Frank Lloyd Wright’s Price Tower, from October 14, 2005 to January 15, 2006, with a subsequent three-city tour to Yale University, the National Building Museum in Washington D.C and the Chicago Architecture Foundation. 

Organized by Price Tower Arts Center with assistance from the Buell family of Bartlesville and The Henry Luce Foundation, the exhibition examines the evolution of Frank Lloyd Wright’s concept of the modern office building from the Larkin Building and Johnson Wax Administration Building and Research Tower to the Price Tower itself. The design of the Price Tower developed from the 1920s skyscraper for New York City. It was developed in the twenties as a component of St. Marks in the Bowery, and finally emerged as a multi-use high-rise for commercial office, retail and residential purposes for the H.C. Price Company, finished in 1956.