Bruce Goff 1904–1982

Bruce Goff is regarded as one of the 20th century’s most iconoclastic architects. He was an early enactor of the Prairie School style but quickly developed a bombastic flair, unbound in its creativity—“designs for the continuous present” as he called them. Goff created outside the confines of history, taste and propriety to create some of the first truly postmodern structures.

Born in Alton, Kansas in 1904, Goff grew up in Denver and Tulsa. He showed artistic talent early on, drawing elaborate castles and cathedrals. At twelve years old, he was apprenticed to the Tulsa architectural firm Rush, Endacott and Rush. By the time he was a teenager, he was designing homes; his first “mature” project, at just twenty-two-years-old, was the towering Boston Avenue Methodist Church in 1926 in Tulsa. A few years previous, he began a correspondence with his idol, Frank Lloyd Wright, who dissuaded Goff from pursuing a formal education and instead encouraged him to develop a unique voice outside of the stifling atmosphere of academia.

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