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chen1947



Joined: 16 Jun 2019
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 16, 2019 10:15 pm    Post subject: Price Tower Reply with quote

Im a collector of Price Tower related items. If anyone has anything related to Price Tower for sale, please let me know. If anyone is interstered in seeing part of my collection, let me know and I will post some pictures.
Many thanks - Tony
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SDR



Joined: 17 Jun 2006
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Location: San Francisco

PostPosted: Mon Jun 17, 2019 8:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi, Chen. If you're a Price Tower specialist, perhaps you can identify and place this diagonal window, revealed (to me) only today, in a photo contributed by Wright photographer Dave Anderson.

Where in the building is this view found ? Anybody ?




photo © Dave Anderson
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DRN



Joined: 10 Jul 2006
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Location: Cherry Hill, NJ

PostPosted: Mon Jun 17, 2019 11:41 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The diamond shaped window is located on the ground floor, north side facing the business parking lot. The space was leased in the 1950's-1970's to a local public utility...there was even a drive-up payment window planned or in place at one point.
See this linked pic:
https://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/LocationPhotoDirectLink-g51191-d650068-i266835278-Price_Tower_Arts_Center-Bartlesville_Oklahoma.html
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chen1947



Joined: 16 Jun 2019
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 17, 2019 1:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thank you I was about to post the same response in photo.

Mr. Price requested a circular window after construction had begin, Wright refused saying something to the extent that there will be no circles in his building. The diamond shape window was a compromise.

The photo itself is interesting! Do you happen to know when it was taken?
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chen1947



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PostPosted: Mon Jun 17, 2019 1:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The drive up payment window was located where the gift shop is now. You used to be able to drive your car through that section but it now has glass on both sides.
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SDR



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Location: San Francisco

PostPosted: Mon Jun 17, 2019 2:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks to both. That looks like a standard aluminum sash. 45º is an odd choice for this building, as is the shape; I would have thought Mr Wright would go for square. Too "square" for this hip building ?

Do we know that this rectangle, at this angle, was Wright's choice ?

Mr Anderson does not provide dates with his photos---unfortunately.

S
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chen1947



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PostPosted: Mon Jun 17, 2019 3:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Im not sure if it was his choice but I would have thought so.

Does Mr. Anderson have any other photos of Price Tower?
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SDR



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PostPosted: Mon Jun 17, 2019 6:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Jeff T is going to send a clip of a plan drawing that specifies a round window, 2'-6" r (or d ?)...

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SDR



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PostPosted: Wed Jun 19, 2019 10:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I found only six of Dave Anderson's photos taken at Price tower. They are undated; they are presented in alphabetical order and with abbreviations of Anderson's titles.


Price Tower

Apartment Interior

Office Entry

Postcard

Rooftop Spire

Tower & Statuary

photos © 2019 by Dave Anderson
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Matt2



Joined: 30 Dec 2018
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 20, 2019 12:02 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Was the gift shop selling models of Price Tower at some point?
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chen1947



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PostPosted: Fri Jun 21, 2019 12:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Matt,
Im not sure but I don't believe so.
When I went and 2017 the gift shop had very few Price Tower related items.

I have a small model about 5" tall of Price Tower that I purchased on eBay. They where a limited edition done several years ago.
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chen1947



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PostPosted: Fri Jun 21, 2019 12:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thank you for those photos! It looks like there is a banner on the parking structure which seems to suggest it was in the 1980's when the building was for sale? The apartment is missing its chairs and its shelfs which further make me think the photos date to the 1980's.
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Matt2



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PostPosted: Fri Jun 21, 2019 12:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

They should sell models. I saw that model in the first photo here and wondered where it was available. I'm in Seattle and you should see the variety of models they sell of the space needle...every size and shape you can imagine. Not an exact comparison to Price, but something to think about.
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chen1947



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PostPosted: Fri Jun 21, 2019 1:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I totally agree! I would think that the model in the picture was made by an individually and is a one off. It doesn't look like the original model made by Taliesin. The original model is at the Museum of Modern Art now and Price Tower has a model made by an architectural firm that has an office in the Tower.

If I was the buyer of the gift shop I would be selling models of the tower, copies of the copper panels, copies of the chairs, pillows based off of the Mural in Mr. Prices office....etc. I could go on and on.
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lastchancesugarco



Joined: 17 May 2019
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Location: Colorado

PostPosted: Sat Jun 22, 2019 9:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Would paper model kits of the Price Tower be popular? Perhaps similar to the Robie House paper model kit?
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