The Bok Tower was the brainchild of a man named Edward Bok...who came from the Netherlands to the U.S. at the age of 6. This man went on to become a Pulitzer Prize winner, and an editor of the Ladies Home Journal, steering it to one of the most influential magazines of the day. He refused to put "snake oil" ads in the LHJ. He used the highest quality paper, color and photos to make the LHJ the classiest magazine of its time. He was quite the man and left an amazing legacy. He was a leader of the Arts and Crafts movement at the turn of the century, he promoted a new architect at the time whose name was Frank Lloyd Wright by putting his house plans into the Ladies Home Journal Magazine. He was a pioneer of sex education, prenatal education and childcare, and this was back in the early 1900's! He was also an environmentalist and a key player in the saving of Niagara Falls- another story in itself.
|view at the back of the tower overlooking acres of orange orchards