Bartlesville Community Center (1982)
William Wesley Peters, Taliesin Associated Architects
300 SE Adams Blvd., Bartlesville, OK 74003
From the Archives, Photos from October 17 and 19, 2004
Appearing like a giant, permanent circus tent, the Bartlesville Community Center is a 1,700 seat performing arts auditorium designed by William Wesley Peters. The main facade is orientated to face the Price Tower diagonally across the street. This orientation I venture to say is in homage to Frank Lloyd Wright, the Price Tower’s genius architect, from William Wesley Peters who was a long time member of Wright’s senior staff.
The link between this building and Wright’s architecture is clear. There are references to the Greek Orthodox Church in Wauwatosa WI, and the Grady Gammage Auditorium in Tempe AZ.
This is not surprising, as following Wright’s death, Peters became the head of Taliesin Associated Architects, and became chairman of the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation following Olgivanna Lloyd Wright’s death in 1985.