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Price House in Bartlesville, OK

Posted: Mon Jun 22, 2009 4:29 pm
by GWare
Does anyone know any information about the Harold Price house in Bartlesville, Oklahoma?

Posted: Mon Jun 22, 2009 4:37 pm
by Roderick Grant
Until recently, it was owned by Mrs. Caroline Price. The new owner has visited this site and commented on his acquisition, and it appears to have ended up in good hands. It is one of FLW's houses that I did not care much for until I actually saw it. The HB article that featured it shortly after it was completed made it look vast and undomestic. In reality, it's one of the handsomest post-WWII houses of Wright's career. Even Wes's addition, the round rumpus room, works perfectly. If you everr have the opportunity to get into it, by all means do so.

Unfortunately two other houses on Price property, a Cliff May design for Price, Sr., and a major masterpiece by Bruce Goff for the other son are no longer extant. New owners demolished the May house and an arson set fire to the Goff house, which was built of anthracite coal.

Posted: Mon Jun 22, 2009 10:36 pm
by SDR
These are the images of the Harold C. Price, Jr. residence (1955) that Wright included in his "A Testament," in 1957 (my captions):

Image A plan worth studying


Image Floating brick-faced terraces


Image Master bedroom, looking east

Posted: Mon Jun 22, 2009 10:54 pm
by Jeff Myers
I believe all the wood in the house is ribbon mahogany from what I have been told.

Posted: Mon Jun 22, 2009 10:57 pm
by SDR
The appearance of the door in the bedroom above would support that assertion.


Posted: Mon Jun 22, 2009 11:00 pm
by Jeff Myers
After seeing the restored area of Price Tower and reading the history of the house on a plaque beside the rug one knows what ribbon mahogany looks like. Lets get HillsideOK on this one.

Posted: Mon Jun 22, 2009 11:13 pm
by Jeff Myers
I have a book about Bartlesville but can't find it right now. I will let you know when I find it. Found it. Not much but there is an elevation.

Posted: Mon Jun 22, 2009 11:26 pm
by Jeff Myers

This is an inaccurate model I did of Hillside but I did use the elevation and the floor plan but scaled it smaller than the original.

Posted: Wed Jun 24, 2009 12:13 pm
by Jeff Myers


The top is the elevation
and the bottom photo is the living room
The photos come from Building Bartlesville-1945-2000.

Posted: Wed Jun 24, 2009 3:31 pm
by SDR
Thanks, Jeff. Could you give us the bottom page a bit larger ? I've never seen the upper living room view before. Pretty cool !


Posted: Wed Jun 24, 2009 8:17 pm
by Paul Ringstrom
Behind the two chairs in the living room is a series of low built-in wooden easels that provide a place to display a rotating selection of their art collection.

I have never seen a fixture like this in any other Wright house.

Posted: Wed Jun 24, 2009 8:58 pm
by DavidC

Posted: Wed Jun 24, 2009 9:28 pm
by SDR
Yes. Wright would typically have placed bookshelves, a long built-in seat, or both, in that location.

Here are photos by Alan Weintraub from "FLLW:Mid-Century Modern":

Image entry at center

Image front door

Image accordian door to dining room


Image workspace, dining beyond; upstairs bath

Posted: Wed Jun 24, 2009 9:36 pm
by Jeff Myers
When were these taken? It looks like no one lives there.

Posted: Wed Jun 24, 2009 9:37 pm
by SDR
Thanks, David. In TnGuy's link, photo 16 is the servant's bedroom at the end of the ground-floor bedroom wing; photo 19 is the playroom, looking northwest.

Anybody know where the circular addition connects to the house ?