PHILLIPS donates Price Tower to non-profit group

Thursday, May 31st 2001, 12:00 am
By: News On 6

BARTLESVILLE, Okla. (AP) _ A 19-story building designed by maverick architect Frank Lloyd Wright has been donated by Phillips Petroleum Co. to a museum.

The copper and glass tower was completed in 1956 as headquarters for the H.C. Price Co., a pipeline company.

The building, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, was purchased in 1981 by Phillips, which had offices there during the 1980s.

Price Tower Arts Center, a museum in the building, is taking over ownership of the structure.

This is believed to be the only high-rise designed by Wright, who described the structure as a ``tower in a country town.''

Phillips agreed to give the building and an adjoining annex to the museum on the stipulation that the museum raise $3.5 million to endow an operating fund.