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Bavinger House, at Norman, Oklahoma, 1950 to 1955. Photo at ArchitectureWeek
Colmorgan House, at Glenview, Illinois, 1937.
(b. Alton, Kansas 1904; d. Tyler, Texas 1982)
Bruce Goff was born in Alton, Kansas in 1904. Apprenticed at the age of twelve to Rush, Endacott and Rush of Tulsa, Oklahoma, Goff became a partner with the firm in 1930. Self-educated and exceptionally creative, his designs often depended on creative free-association and borrowed materials.
Without academic credentials Goff became a professor of architecture at the University of Oklahoma. In his capacity as teacher, Goff emphasized a design curriculum based on creativity. Within his private practice, Goff introduced a form of organic architecture that was sensitive to both client needs and site constraints.
With very strong convictions about the importance of individuality, Goff created isolated one-family houses in tree enshrouded pockets of the Great Plains. Although Goff's buildings relied on a combination of structural clarity and spatial complexity, they also used a form of decorative detailing that contrasted with the typical simplicity of twentieth century buildings.
Goff died in Tyler, Texas in 1982.
|Resources||Sources on Bruce Goff|
"Bruce Goff Comes to Rest Among Peers", by Marga Rose Hancock, ArchitectureWeek No. 40, 2001.0228, pC1.1.
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