Oral Roberts University – ORU

The ORU campus was built in 1963 with a noted futuristic look and architecture. By 2007 its appearance was described as “a perfect representation of the popular modernistic architecture of the time… the set of the Jetsons” and also “shabby” and “dated, like Disney’s Tomorrowland.”

Most of these structures were designed by Frank Wallace, though Stanfield and Imel had some input I understand. One of the standouts is Howard Auditorium, a geodesic dome used for theatre, movies and seminars. The most famous structure is the Prayer Tower, a 200′ tall building inspired by Seattle’s Space Needle. It was constructed to resemble a modern-day cross with a stylized crown of thorns.