The Price Tower Arts Center (PTAC)in Bartesville beckons to visitors with its stunning permanent and temporary exhibits that ... More
Price Tower Arts Center
The Price Tower Arts Center (PTAC)in Bartesville beckons to visitors with its stunning permanent and temporary exhibits that span across paper works, textile, design, paintings and architecture. The towering structure designed by Frank Lloyd Wright is a wonder in itself, and shows how architecture and functional design can produce something beautiful yet functional. Several spaces within the center can be hired for corporate meetings, receptions and private parties. Admissions costs apply for entrance to the tower so check ahead for those.
This skyscraper built by Frank Lloyd Wright is the only one of its kind in the world. It has a hotel, restaurant, and a museum in the lower floors. It's only $4 admission and free for kids in the exhibitions. You can't go to the movies for that price! They have different shows on display every few months and a permenant display too of original Frank Lloyd Wright furniture. They have tours of the top floors that have been restored to their original 1956 appearance and are really cool, but the elevators are small and there isn't really room for kids to be kids on the tour part. It's a great place to take a date or friend for a little getaway. They have some family programs and lots of classes and lectures for adults. The building is a little confusing when you are approaching it, but once you figure out where the front door is (on the north side)and the reception desk (through a glass door), it's a very unique and cheap way to be entertained.
Even if you do not love Frank Lloyde Wright, don't miss the chance to visit, eat in, and sleep in a piece of art! The Price Tower is home to the Price Art Center, where you can view not only examples of FLW's designs, but actually go up into the tower to see the unique design and go into the original penthouse office (originally built as an office building with residential and commercial spaces within), painstakingly restored with original furnishings, and one of the original apartments.
I stayed the night at the Inn at Price Tower. Decorated in FLW inspired furniture, it is both modern and comfortable. A heated tile floor in the bathroom, refrigerator stocked with (free) bottled water, and a fabulous restaurant upstairs!
Bartlesville is about a 20 - 45 minute drive outside of Tulsa (2 - 3 hours outside of OKC) depending on traffic. The town is surprisingly sophisticated, thanks largely to the oil money in town, and the philanthropic nature of the community!