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Price Tower Among FLW Buildings In World Heritage Nomination
By Tourism Industry Partner
BARTLESVILLE, OK – Price Tower Arts Center received word Wednesday that United States Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar announced he will propose a collection of Frank Lloyd Wright buildings to be considered as the U.S. cultural nomination for the United Nations’ World Heritage List. The Wright buildings include the Price Tower, Wright’s only realized skyscraper, completed in Bartlesville in 1956.
“We are thrilled to be able to share this news with our community. This is the next step in the process for our building to become a World Heritage Site and we look forward to celebrating the honor of this nomination with all of our friends in Oklahoma and around the world,” said Timothy Boruff, executive director of Price Tower Arts Center. “It is wonderful to see this iconic building receive the recognition it deserves for its cultural significance.”
“We have been slowly moving toward becoming a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2006, and the news that we were chosen to proceed in that goal only solidifies our feelings that Price Tower is worthy of such a distinction. We have been in good company with the ten other Frank Lloyd Wright sites, and diligently worked together to achieve this goal, while at the same time discussing preservation issues and pooling resources that will help us all in the future. There is much work to do still, and we look forward to the many new and returning visitors to Price Tower Arts Center who now can enjoy Wright’s ‘tree that escaped the crowded forest’ with a new appreciation,” said Scott W. Perkins, curator of collections and exhibitions at Price Tower Arts Center.
The list, administered by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, recognizes cultural and natural sites of universal importance such as the Grand Canyon in Arizona, the Taj Mahal in India, and the Great Barrier Reef in Australia.
“World Heritage Sites are unique places of natural beauty and historic and cultural importance that are celebrated by people of all nations,” Salazar said. “The buildings of Frank Lloyd Wright are a testament to one of the world’s foremost architectural geniuses. They deserve to be recognized as World Heritage Sites.”
The final decision on inclusion on the list will be made by the World Heritage Committee, composed of representatives from 21 nations and advised by the International Council on Monuments and Sites. The U.S. nominations will likely be formally nominated to the UNESCO World Heritage Committee in 2013, for possible inclusion on the World Heritage List in 2014.
The Wright properties nominated include:
• Price Tower, Bartlesville, Oklahoma
• Taliesin West, Scottsdale, Arizona
• Hollyhock House, Los Angeles, California
• Marin County Civic Center, San Rafael, California
• Unity Temple, Oak Park, Illinois
• Frederick C. Robie House, Chicago, Illinois
• Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, New York
• Fallingwater, Mill Run, Pennsylvania
• Herbert and Katherine Jacobs House, Madison, Wisconsin
• S. C. Johnson & Son, Inc., Administration Building and Research Tower, Racine, Wisconsin
• Taliesin, Spring Green, Wisconsin
“Though this is an important designation for Price Tower Arts Center, it is also an extremely significant one for Bartlesville, and the state of Oklahoma. We’ll begin a much stronger campaign across the city and state to keep folks informed about the nomination process, but also the ways in which they can help preserve the Price Tower, whether through financial support, volunteerism, participation in our many free events and programs, or just by being a friendly neighbor,” said C.J. “Pete” Silas, chairman of PTAC’s Board of Trustees.
About Price Tower
The landmark destination for art, architecture and design, Price Tower Arts Center, a 501(c) 3 nonprofit, provides local, regional and global audiences with the experience of great art, architecture and design in an arts complex whose centerpiece is Frank Lloyd Wright's only skyscraper, the Price Tower.
This National Historic Landmark building, completed in 1956, contains a museum with permanent and changing exhibition galleries; original and restored historic Wright interiors (available by tour); and The Wright Place museum store.
Visitors may also experience Wright's masterpiece as guests of Inn at Price Tower, a high-design hotel that the Arts Center has created within Wright's skyscraper, along with the Inn's eclectic Copper Bar.
Historic tours are available with advanced reservations. Admission is $12 adults, $10 seniors (65+), $10 for children 18 and under and includes admission to the museum exhibitions (applicable sales tax not included). For more information, call 918.336.4949 or visit the web site at www.pricetower.org.
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