The Classen

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The Classen
Former names Citizens Bank Tower
General information
Status Complete
Type Residential
Location 2200 North Classen Boulevard,
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
United States
Coordinates 35°29′31″N 97°31′51″W / 35.4919°N 97.5308°W / 35.4919; -97.5308Coordinates: 35°29′31″N 97°31′51″W / 35.4919°N 97.5308°W / 35.4919; -97.5308
Opening 1967
Owner Gardner/Tannenbaum Group
Roof 287 ft (87 m)
Technical details
Floor count 21
Floor area 10,890 m2 (117,200 sq ft)
Design and construction
Architect Bozalis & Roloff
Merriman Associates/Architects, Inc
Citizens Bank Tower
The Classen is located in Oklahoma
The Classen
The Classen is located in the US
The Classen
Coordinates 35°29′31″N 97°31′51″W / 35.4919°N 97.5308°W / 35.4919; -97.5308
Area 2 acres (0.81 ha)[2]
Built 1965–66
NRHP reference # 09000978[1]
Added to NRHP March 8, 2010[1]

The Classen (Originally Citizens Bank Tower) is a skyscraper in the uptown section of Oklahoma City, near the city's Paseo Arts District and Asian District. The residential tower has 21 floors and is 287 feet tall. The building was finished in 1967 as the headquarters of then Citizens National Bank. The tower was recently renovated and now consists of residential apartments for rent.

It is currently the second tallest residential building in Oklahoma City. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2010.


The Citizens Bank Tower is an architecturally significant building in Oklahoma City with its hexagonal plan, slender profile, unusual sunscreens and rigorously sculpted crown. It was among the first tall office buildings to be erected outside of downtown Oklahoma City, setting the standard for other distinctive large freestanding suburban skyscrapers. The Citizens Bank Tower was designed by Robert Roloff of Bozalis, who considered it a tribute to Frank Lloyd Wright and his Price Tower constructed in Bartlesville, Oklahoma. The interior of the tower has been adapted to apartment units for contemporary use.[4] Citizens Bank Tower has been listed on the National Register of Historic Places since March 8, 2010.[1] The listing was announced as the featured listing in the National Park Service's weekly list of March 19, 2010.[5]


The Classen is modeled under the modern school of construction and has an exposed concrete narrow base.

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