The Monolith

The Monolith - Tulsa, Oklahoma

The Monolith – Tulsa, Oklahoma

On day two of this mini-series, we have the BOK, Bank of Oklahoma, Tower that forms a monolith at the end of Boston Avenue. It’s flanked by a couple of older office buildings. To the left, the 320 South Boston Building, started in 1917, which I featured a few days ago. To the right, the Kennedy Building, equally old, dating back from 1918.

The two Beaux-Arts styled buildings form a frame and leading lines to the minimalist BOK Tower built in 1975.

At 667 feet and 52 floors, the BOK Tower is the tallest building in Tulsa. Though not as tall, its design reminds me of the Twin Tower World Trade Center in New York that was knocked down in 2001. And, though I’ve featured this building in the last two posts, today’s is the most dramatic, I think, and clearly the star of the show. It might not be the black monolith for 2001 A Space Odyssey, but it makes a bold stand in the middle of Tulsa.

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