Bavinger House
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Architect Bruce Goff
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Location Norman, Oklahoma   map
Date 1950 to 1955   timeline
Building Type house
 Construction System mixed- rough stone, steel
Climate temperate
Context rural
Style Organic Expressionist Modern
Notes seashell curves, bedrooms supported by tension cables.




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Discussion Bavinger House Commentary

"Designed in 1950 and largely owner-built over a period of four years...the house was described by Goff at its first major open house as 'a continuing study in contemporary architecture'. Spatial and temporal continuities are its theme."

—Jeffrey Cook. The Architecture of Bruce Goff. New York: Harper & Row, 1978. p46.


American Institute of Architects 25 Year Award, 1987

Sources on Bavinger House

Jeffery Cook. The Architecture of Bruce Goff. New York: Harper & Row, 1978. NA737.G56C66 1978. ISBN 0-06-430950-9. LC 78-2135. drawing of ground floor plan, p48. drawing of upper floor plan, p49. drawing of section , p50.

Peter Gossel and Gabriele Leuthauser. Architecture in the Twentieth Century. Germany: Benedikt Taschen Verlag, 1991. ISBN 3-8228-0550-5. discussion, p242-244. exterior photo, section drawing, p246.

Marcus Whiffen and Frederick Koeper. American Architecture, Volume 1. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 1984. exterior photo, f299, p374. — An excellent survey of American architecture. Reprint Edition Available at

Kevin Matthews. The Great Buildings Collection on CD-ROM. Artifice, 2001. ISBN 0-9667098-4-5.— Available at  Find books about Bavinger House


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