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GWare



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PostPosted: Mon Jun 22, 2009 4:29 pm    Post subject: Price House in Bartlesville, OK Reply with quote

Does anyone know any information about the Harold Price house in Bartlesville, Oklahoma?
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Roderick Grant



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PostPosted: Mon Jun 22, 2009 4:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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.
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 22, 2009 10:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

These are the images of the Harold C. Price, Jr. residence (1955) that Wright included in his "A Testament," in 1957 (my captions):

A plan worth studying



Floating brick-faced terraces



Master bedroom, looking east


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Jeff Myers



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PostPosted: Mon Jun 22, 2009 10:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I believe all the wood in the house is ribbon mahogany from what I have been told.
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 22, 2009 10:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The appearance of the door in the bedroom above would support that assertion.


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PostPosted: Mon Jun 22, 2009 11:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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.
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 22, 2009 11:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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.
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 22, 2009 11:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote



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.
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 24, 2009 12:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote





The top is the elevation
and the bottom photo is the living room
The photos come from Building Bartlesville-1945-2000.
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 24, 2009 3:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks, Jeff. Could you give us the bottom page a bit larger ? I've never seen the upper living room view before. Pretty cool !

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PostPosted: Wed Jun 24, 2009 8:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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.
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 24, 2009 8:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Link to some pictures of the Harold Price Jr House


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PostPosted: Wed Jun 24, 2009 9:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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":

entry at center

front door

accordian door to dining room



workspace, dining beyond; upstairs bath


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PostPosted: Wed Jun 24, 2009 9:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

When were these taken? It looks like no one lives there.
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 24, 2009 9:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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 ?

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