The Bavinger house

The Bavinger house is one of the most iconic structures by Bruce Goff. The home near Norman, Oklahoma was designed for Eugene and Nancy Bavinger in 1950-1955. Exemplary of Goff’s organic and eclectic style, the home featured an open interior on multiple levels with plants and pools dividing the space. Built in a logarithmic spiral, the home was largely supported by suspension with sixty cable wires radiating from a central point. Constructed from local and found materials, the Bavinger home truly stands out as a notable example of organic architecture. The Bavinger home is listed on the National Register for Historic Places and for a number of years the home was open to the public for tours. The home suffered severe wind damage to the spire and structure in June of 2011. Without funding to restore the house, the Bavinger family dismantled the home piece by piece making parts of the historic home available to the public.

Bruce Goff

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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