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Price Tower Hosting World Heritage Weekend
By Tourism Industry Partner
BARTLESVILLE, OK – Price Tower Arts Center is hosting a weekend of events to celebrate its inclusion on the United States World Heritage Tentative List. The nominations of historic natural and cultural properties by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) will be considered for World Heritage Site status. The current listing includes over 900 properties that are considered the planet’s greatest treasures. The World Heritage Weekend in Bartlesville is set for April 15th and 16th.
“Our World Heritage nomination is part of a serial nomination of 10 buildings designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. The nomination is meant as a representation of Wright’s greatest works,” said Scott W. Perkins, Curator of Collections and Exhibitions at Price Tower Arts Center. “Some of the other sites already designated include the Sydney Opera House in Australia, the Great Wall of China, Vatican City, the Statue of Liberty, Monticello and Independence Hall.”
The Price Tower, Frank Lloyd Wright’s only realized skyscraper, is joined on the nomination by Fallingwater in Pennsylvania, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York City, the Johnson Wax Administration Building in Wisconsin, California’s Marin County Civic Center, Taliesin in Wisconsin, Taliesin West in Arizona, Robie House in Chicago, Oak Park’s Unity Temple and the Hollyhock House in Los Angeles. The nomination spans Wright’s career from 1905 through 1958, in seven states, offering a representation of his innovation in the field of architecture.
“In order to be included on the US World Heritage Tentative List, sites must meet rigorous US and World Heritage criteria, including National Historic Landmark status which Price Tower achieved in 2007. Each site must also develop a systematic plan for the maintenance and perpetual protection of the historic qualities of the site. The entire staff of the Price Tower is working to make sure we can meet these requirements. We expect our nomination as a World Heritage Site could be confirmed by 2013,” said Timothy Boruff, Executive Director of Price Tower Arts Center.
The World Heritage Weekend will include a VIP reception and dinner at Hillside, the Bartlesville home Frank Lloyd Wright designed for Carolyn and Harold Price, Jr., in 1954. The Friday evening event will serve as a fundraiser for the Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy, the international preservation organization that facilitates the preservation of Frank Lloyd Wright-designed structures.
“We are very pleased that the Lenhart and Ramsey families, who have owned the home since 2004, have agreed to host this dinner on April 15th. Chef Kevin Snell of Chefsnell Private Catering will provide a springtime dinner and wine menu,” said Perkins. “It should be a great evening. And, those attending will have the rare opportunity to visit with Eric Lloyd Wright, the architect’s grandson. It will be his first visit to Bartlesville in over 10 years.”
Again, proceeds from the Friday evening event will benefit the Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy’s educational, advocacy and World Heritage initiatives. The cost of the Friday evening reception, dinner, and tour is $300 per person or $500 per couple. Seating is very limited and reservations are required. Reservations may be made until April 10th by calling 918.336.4949.
A public forum is set for 1 p.m. Saturday, April 16th. The forum will include opening remarks from Eric Lloyd Wright and presentations from Janet Halstead, Executive Director of the Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy; Lynda Waggoner, Vice President and Director of Fallingwater; and Scott Perkins, Curator of Collections and Exhibitions at Price Tower Arts Center. There will also be a discussion about the history of
the Price Tower, the World Heritage nomination process and the role of the conservancy. PTAC’s Executive Director Tim Boruff will also moderate a panel discussion involving Phyllis Ellin, Cultural and Natural Partnership Liaison for the National Park Service and U.S. Department of the Interior.
“The forum will be at the Adams Auditorium at ConocoPhillips. We are very pleased to have their support and we appreciate all that they do to promote and preserve the Price Tower and the other historic buildings in downtown Bartlesville. The forum is free and open to the public and we encourage everyone to come and learn more about the significant, economic impact this designation could have for our community and the state of Oklahoma,” said Boruff.
For more information about the World Heritage Weekend or other events at Price Tower Arts Center, call 918.336.4949 or visit pricetower.org.
The Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy, an international preservation organization, is based in Chicago, Illinois. Founded in 1989, its mission is to facilitate the preservation and maintenance of the remaining structures designed by Frank Lloyd Wright through education, advocacy and technical services.