Thursday, October 20, 2005

Skyscraper' exhibit opens

Described by its creator as ”The Tree that Escaped the Crowded Forest,“ the Price Tower was visionary in its time - and remains relevant today - as Frank Lloyd Wright's only skyscraper.

First imagined in the 1920s for a New York site, St. Mark's-in-the-Bouwerie, then redesigned and built on the Oklahoma prairie for the H.C. Price Company, the Price Tower realized one of Wright's cherished ideals: Integrating office, commercial and residential space within a tall, richly decorative structure whose cantilevered floors ”broke the box“ of conventional construction.

Since completion in early 1956, the Price Tower has been listed on the National Register of Historic Places, praised by architect Tadao Ando as ”one of the most important buildings of the 20th century“ and transformed into the home of Price Tower Arts Center as the centerpiece of the museum's permanent collection.

Now, to mark the building's 50th anniversary, the Arts Center will present a major exhibition, ”Prairie Skyscraper: Frank Lloyd Wright's Price Tower.“ With an installation designed by the Pritzker Prize-winning architect Zaha Hadid, the exhibition will be on view at the Arts Center from Oct. 14 to Jan. 15, followed by a two-city tour.

Read the entire article at Bartlesville Examiner-Enterprise

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