The Finch Formerly Known As Gold

26 December 2004

Snickering about architecture

Our man at the Red Dirt Blog is soliciting examples of Oklahoma kitsch, demonstrations of this state's long tradition of "creative freedumb."

And really, you can't get much kitschier than the Braum's (previously Townley's) Milk Bottle standing on top of that tiny storefront (lately, Saigon Baguette) at 24th and Classen; there's an Andy Warhol-on-Route 66 vibe to it that tickles me every time I see it, and its proximity to the Bucky Fuller geodesic dome across 23rd — well, can you imagine the reaction of someone new to the city southbound on Classen for the first time? First the bottle, then the dome, then that missile gantry of a tower at 22nd, and by 21st he's thinking "Were these people out of their minds?"

Well, of course we were. Sheesh.

Posted at 10:46 AM to City Scene , Soonerland

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My critter's grandfather (of the submarine fame)
"built" that milkbottle waaaay back when. I've got his designs for it stashed somewhere in this house.

Posted by: wamprat at 7:10 PM on 26 December 2004

You know, the Oklahoma Historical Society might want to see a copy one of these days. (It's on the National Register of Historical Places, after all.)

Posted by: CGHill at 7:58 PM on 26 December 2004

Very cool that wamprat's granddad was part of the Townlee's milk bottle fame ... if only the Borden cow family was still alive and kicking at the NW 23rd and Broadway plant.

Posted by: LilRed at 10:36 PM on 26 December 2004

Not MY granddad, my kid's. Thankfully, I'm only related to that side of the family by marriage.

Posted by: wamprat at 1:01 AM on 27 December 2004

Aaahhhhh ... sorry for the mix-up, wamprat. Still cool, though.

Posted by: LilRed at 8:13 AM on 27 December 2004