The Finch Formerly Known As Gold

13 June 2003

Scraping the sky

Given Oklahoma's eternal winds and all, not too many really tall buildings are built in this state, and most of the taller ones are in Tulsa, where there used to be money.

Still, 500 feet is nothing to sneer at on the prairie, and the 32-year-old Bank One Tower, all 36 stories of it, is for sale. The building is 97 percent occupied and offers 512,000 square feet of space; the selling price is expected to exceed $25 million. If I've counted correctly, the B1T is the fifth-tallest building in the state; Tulsa's Williams Tower, at 667 feet, tops out over the others.

The Daily Oklahoman describes the Tower as "the first major downtown office property to be formerly listed since a slew of office buildings sold in 1998-2000." Actually, of course, the Tower is currently listed; it won't be formerly listed until it isn't listed any more. (I suspect they meant to say "formally".)

Posted at 7:13 AM to Soonerland SA a few years ago, a hair salon put up a big sign that said, "New Stylist Marianne, Formally From Hairmasters!"

I didn't check to see if she was wearing a tux.

Posted by: David at 9:51 AM on 13 June 2003

I'm more interested in Williams...seems like they had the Midas touch, then the exact reverse. Glad to hear it's still the Williams Tower, though.

Posted by: Scott Chaffin at 5:12 PM on 13 June 2003

So far as I know, there's been no suggestion of changing the name, despite Williams' ongoing penury.

Posted by: CGHill at 2:38 PM on 14 June 2003