Bartlesville's Price Tower Nominated To World Heritage List

Friday, January 30th 2015, 10:51 am
By: News On 6

Bartlesville's Price Tower is one of ten buildings in seven states designed by architect Frank Lloyd Wright nominated for inclusion on the World Heritage List.

U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell made the announcement Friday.

"Through its World Heritage Sites the United States can share with the world the remarkable diversity of our cultural heritage as well as the beauty of our land. Frank Lloyd Wright is widely considered to be the greatest American architect of the 20th century and his works are a highly valued and uniquely American contribution to the world's architectural heritage,” said Sally Jewel.

“World Heritage Sites draw visitors from around the world, providing not only prestige to local communities but also a boost to their economies.

The 19-story Price Tower is the only skyscraper ever design by Frank Lloyd Wright.  In 2014, CNET Road Trip visited Bartlesville to see the skyscraper. See a YouTube video of the Price Tower from the air.

The other Frank Lloyd Wright structures on the list include:

  • Unity Temple in Oak Park, Illinois
  • Frederick C. Robie House in Chicago, Illinois
  • Taliesin in Spring Green, Wisconsin
  • Hollyhock House in Los Angeles, California
  • Fallingwater in Mill Run, Pennsylvania
  • Herbert and Katherine Jacobs House in Madison, Wisconsin
  • Taliesin West in Scottsdale, Arizona
  • Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York City
  • Marin County Civic Center in San Rafael, California
Jewel says this nomination would be the first World Heritage listing for the United States in the field of modern architecture.

She says the nomination will be considered for inscription on the World Heritage List by the UNESCO World Heritage Committee in the summer of 2016. 

If approved it would join 22 sites in the United States already on the World Heritage list, like Yellowstone National Park, the Grand Canyon, and the Statue of Liberty.

See the full list World Heritage Sites in the U.S.