Silases Receive Wright Spirit Awards: Honors Mark Efforts to Preserve Bartlesville's Price Tower

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C.J. and Theodosea Silas of Bartlesville have received Wright Spirit awards from the Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy for their efforts in reviving the Price Tower in Bartlesville, which is now celebrating its 50th anniversary.

The honors mark individuals and organizations that "demonstrate extraordinary efforts in the stewardship of Wright buildings or furtherance of the Wright legacy." They were presented last month during the conservancy's annual conference in Southfield, Mich.

The Price Tower, the only skyscraper designed by Wright, now operates as a multi-faceted arts complex with a museum of art, architecture and design; Wright-designed historic interiors; and a 21-room, high-design hotel and restaurant.

Conservancy officials called the efforts by the Silas family "the single most instrumental force in saving and bringing fully back to life one of the most important buildings of the 20th century."

"It once again reflects its origins as a multi-use building," said the press release announcing their special awards. "This is in stark contrast to the deteriorating empty shell one found just a decade ago. …