Our World – The Prayer Tower at Oral Roberts University


The Prayer Tower at Oral Roberts University is a 200 foot tall tower in the middle of the campus. It was built in 1965 and was designed by Frank Wallace. It is said to be a “Googie” influenced design. Googie is new term to me and it refers to futuristic or “space age” designs. I get in trouble with architectual terms and styles so those of you that know more about this please share and we’ll all learn something.


I think that the tower is beautiful and graceful and fits it’s space just right. Check the ORU link for information about the symbolism of the building. The distinctive shape is stylized 360 degree cross. 


It was kind of difficult but I got a Selfie off the bottom of the observation deck. Yep that’s me.


Another view in a greener time of year.

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16 thoughts on “Our World – The Prayer Tower at Oral Roberts University

  1. DrillerAA09

    Well, I have to admit, I have never heard of “sixties modern” architecture referred to as googie, but it fits the definition that I found. I think that the unique thing about Wallace’s design was the extensive use of the gold reflective glass. You can see the influence of Wright and Bruce Goff in the Wallace work. Frank was Oral Roberts’ architect for a number of years. I believe he also designed the original Oral Roberts headquarters building in downtown Tulsa.

  2. Barb

    I’m probably one of the few who has never before seen this tower. I don’t really see it as a stylized cross – it reminds me more of a rocket platform (to Heaven?).

  3. Leedslass

    Googie and selfie – why do we add “ie” on to new words? Beautiful church tower although I tend towards the old fashioned ones myself.
    Very remiss of me but how are you feeling after your virus? I use the word “after” on the presumption that you’re feeling up to snuff once more. If not, why not?

  4. Yogi♪♪♪

    @Leedslass – don’t knock selfies until you try it.
    Thanks for asking about my virus. I woke up this morning and felt better than I have in three weeks. I went to the gym before work and three miles on the treadmill. My new fitbit tells me that I have run and walked over 6 miles today.

  5. Sandy Carlson

    That’s a beautiful, optimistic structure. It makes me think of a prayer wheel. I am going to check out that architectural style. The term is new to me. So there you go educating me again!

  6. Leedslass

    Point taken Yogi re. selfies – one day I’ll give the a go.
    Glad to hear you’re almost back to your old self ALTHOUGH, you really never left us:-)

  7. Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti

    I never saw photos of Oral Roberts University before so I found your post quite interesting, Yogi. All the buildings looks very modern, and I do think the prayer tower has a futuristic “outer space” look to it

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