This year marks the 50th anniversary of one of Oklahoma’s most notable landmarks. Half a century ago, one of the most influential figures in 20th century architecture, Frank Lloyd Wright, built the world-renowned Price Tower in Bartlesville.

From June 17 through Sept. 17, the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C., joins Oklahoma in celebrating this milestone with a unique, comprehensive exhibit, Prairie Skyscraper: Frank Lloyd Wright’s Price Tower.

Wright created the 19-story high-rise to be a multi-use building,bringing together commercial offices, retail stores and apartments. The only skyscraper he ever built – Wright had actually designed the building decades earlier -- the magnificent structure showcases the architect’s dynamic vision for integrating art and innovation in everyday places.

Through the efforts of the Price Tower Arts Center and Phillips Petroleum Company, the building has continued to serve multiple functions, providing education, enlightenment and a historical record. The Price Tower now features a stunning hotel, fine dining and guided tours of original office and apartment spaces. In addition, the Price Tower Arts Center presents a variety of art, architecture and design exhibits, as well as educational programs for local, regional and global audiences.

Through this 50th anniversary exhibition, the arts center provides the first-ever critical examination done of the Price Tower. The exhibit debuted late last year at the Price Tower and has also been presented at Yale University.

As you make summer plans, I encourage you to consider visiting Bartlesville to celebrate this bona fide Oklahoma treasure. You’ll also find plenty of other entertainment in the city, including the Woolaroc Museum and Wildlife Preserve.

To learn more about the Price Tower and Bartlesville, go to www.PriceTower.org or www.VisitBartlesville.org or phone 877-273-2007.

If you have questions or comments, please write me at the Office of the Governor, Room 212, Oklahoma City OK 73105 or visit the “Contact the Governor” section of my website, www.gov.ok.gov.

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