A taste of the Big Apple in T-Town

Dominating the Tulsa, OK skyline is its tallest structure, the BOK Tower. The building was originally called One Williams Center, as it was built for the Williams Companies. Fans of large buildings will immediately see the tower’s resemblance to the former World Trade Towers in New York City—a detail that is definitely not a coincidence. Then-CEO of Williams, John Williams, had an affinity for the WTC towers; thus he hired the famed WTC-architect, Minoru Yamasaki, to bring a similar design to Downtown Tulsa, OK. 

Williams’ initial plan included having Yamasaki design four 25-floor replicas on the spot where BOK Tower now stands. Logistical problems with placing four buildings in such a limited footprint led to a redesign, ending up in one half-size replica of one of the WTC Towers. The resemblance is so striking, in fact, that many somewhat accurately joked that Yamasaki merely shrank the plans of a WTC Tower to make what now stands—down to the granite and design of the lobby. 

The Details

BOK Tower stands as the tallest building in Tulsa, OK at 667 feet (203 meters) tall with 52 floors. It was completed in 1976. It remained the tallest building in the five plains states of Oklahoma, Kansas, Nebraska, South Dakota, and North Dakota until the construction of Devon Tower in Oklahoma City, OK, in 2011-2012. The building is located at 101 East 2nd Street in Tulsa, OK. 

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