Price Tower

The Price Tower  is in Bartlesville, Oklahoma.  I have been a fan of its architect, Frank Lloyd Wright, for years.  If fact, I’ve visited most of his designs opened to the public.  The Price Tower is one of the more remote but one of the best.  Part of it has become a hotel, making this the only Wright Property that visitors can actually stay in.  if there are others, I haven’t found them.  There’s a fine tour of the property available to anyone, an on-site museum, and lots of information about Wright and his design for the Price Tower on the premises.  Unique at the time it was built, the Tower was the first building designed to be a mixed-use skyscraper with offices, retail space, and living quarters.

Although one of the more interesting to visit, Price Tower is not my favorite Wright experience.  That would be Taliesin West in Scottsdale, Arizona.

Wright was a difficult genius who could have died wealthy but didn’t.   He was so busy creating that he didn’t bother with patents.   So his innovations, many of them having to do with lighting and sound, didn’t add to his bank account.  He died with a desk full of projects and no money in his pockets.

If you want me to write more about Wright, righting a wrong, let me know.


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Since the beginning, I've had to avoid writing about the downside of travel in order to sell more than 100 articles. Just because something negative happened doesn't mean your trip was ruined. But tell that to publishers who are into 5-star cruise and tropical beach fantasies. I want to tell what happened on my way to the beach, and it may not have been all that pleasant. My number one rule of the road's disaster is tomorrow's great story. My travel experiences have appeared in about twenty magazines and newspapers. I've been in all 50 states more than once and more than 50 countries. Ruth and I love to travel internationally--Japan, Canada, China, Argentina, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, etc. Within the next 2 years we will have visited all of the European countries. But our favorite destination is Australia. Ruth and I have been there 9 times. I've written a book about Australia's Outback, ALONE NEAR ALICE, which is available through both Amazon & Barnes & Noble. My first fictional work, MOVING FORWARD, GETTING NOWHERE, has recently been posted on Amazon. It's a contemporary, hopefully funny re-telling of The Odyssey. View all posts by roadsrus

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