Sunday, February 22, 2009

Hauntingly Familiar?

Does this building look familiar? Imagine two of them standing next to each other. Yes, it indeed has more than a passing resemblance to the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center in New York. But this building is half a continent away.

This is the BoK Tower, home of the BoK Financial Group in Tulsa, Oklahoma. At one fourth the footprint and half the height of the Twin Towers, this building has many of the same architectural features, including the two-story marble lobby and vertical lines. And it's no wonder. It was designed by the same architectural firm that designed the WTC, Minoru Yamasaki.

I worked in the BoK tower from 1992-1994, when the original WilTel had headquarters in the building. I always noticed it resembled the WTC, but was a lone, smaller version of the iconic buildings that once stood proudly on the south end of New York's Manhattan Island. Now it stands a haunting reminder in the heartland of its big brothers who became ground zero in the worst terrorist attack on the United States.

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