Tom Mardis via Crowdrise
November 13, 2013
BENEFITING: PRESERVATION OKLAHOMA INC
This year is the 50th anniversary of this one-of-a-kind Bruce Goff structure. The project will restore the play tower to the original plans and designs of famous architect Bruce Goff, including replacing the sand pit and the mobius play structure at the base of the tower, and will open the tower up to the public once again.
Many natives of Bartlesville, Oklahoma will know this structure and its history. We grew up with it in our backyards as it stands in Sooner Park bordering two public schools. In my case, it is the first time I considered architecture for the sake of architecture. Residents of Bartlesville and Northeastern Oklahoma have delighted in its purpose as a whimsical play tower built for the sheer enjoyment of the view for miles around. We have watched it decay to its current state through the years, and it has now been inaccessible to the public for two decades.
Bruce Goff is integral to the history of Bartlesville, Oklahoma, and Modern American Architecture. Help us save The Bruce Goff Sooner Park Play Tower. Help us return it to its former beauty and purpose.
For more detailed information on the tower and other fundraising efforts: http://www.cityofbartlesville.org/page.php?page=1266
The project cost is estimated at $144,000. Currently, there are $124,028 earmarked for this project. Engineering for the project is being completed and soon we will be putting the project out for bid. The remaining $19,972 must be in hand before the City Council can award a bid for the project and the project can begin.