Showing posts from September, 2008

Modern Mortuary

We noticed this modern little building on a recent trip to Bartlesville, Oklahoma. It's an office for the Memorial Cemetery located on Nowata Road. What caught my eye was the saddle roof (technically known as an hyperbolic paraboloid ) more commonly found on Atomic Age churches and gas stations. It seemed like a rather unique feature for such a mundane little building. B'ville has quite a few unique modern buildings. Frank Lloyd Wright's prairie skyscraper, the Price Tower , being the best known. But there are many other less celebrated structures ( see Miscellany from Bartlesville from March 6, 2008 ) that give this small city an architectural look and feel that's quite distinct. It's also interesting to note that Bartlesville was the home of Phillips 66 (now ConocoPhillips)- a company well known for space-age service stations featuring swooping roofs reminiscent of this design. Coincidence?