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September 18, 2011

Bruce Goff may have been born in Kansas, but he called Oklahoma home for many years. During this time he made his influence felt through his art, music and unique architectural designs. His repertoire included residences and commercial buildings ranging from Art Deco to fantastical organic.

In 1947 he began teaching at the University of Oklahoma, eventually becoming chair of the School of Architecture despite the fact that he held no formal credentials or architectural degree. At the time of his death in 1982 Goff was planning a creative school of his own called Kebyar. This was the inspiration for a network of fans of organic and unusual architecture and design known as Friends of Kebyar.

The Bavinger House in Norman is considered by many to be Goff's finest work. Built mostly with scavenged materials over the course of many years, the house is more art than architecture. This view from 2009 shows the support cables and unusual storage pod
The Bavinger House in Norman is considered by many to be Goff's finest work. Built mostly with scavenged materials over the course of many years, the house is more art than architecture. This view from 2009 shows the support cables and unusual storage pods. Today the central spire is damaged and its future is questionable.
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This example in Boise City, Oklahoma is pretty mild compared to some of Goff's later work. Today the Cox House is home to the Cimarron County Historical Society.
This example in Boise City, Oklahoma is pretty mild compared to some of Goff's later work. Today the Cox House is home to the Cimarron County Historical Society.
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The Adams House is a 12-sided rock home located in Vinita. Built in 1961 the 3,700 square foot house is dominated by the central fireplace and a Goff signature feature: the "conversation pit."
The Adams House is a 12-sided rock home located in Vinita. Built in 1961 the 3,700 square foot house is dominated by the central fireplace and a Goff signature feature: the "conversation pit."
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Not all of Goff's work was residential. The Play Tower is located at a city park in Bartlesville, Oklahoma. Goff lived in Bartlesville for several years.
Not all of Goff's work was residential. The Play Tower is located at a city park in Bartlesville, Oklahoma. Goff lived in Bartlesville for several years.
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This gate is one of the few remnants of  Shin'en Kan, a home Goff designed for Joe Price. Sadly this unique home was destroyed by fire in 1996, and the gate is displayed outside the Price Tower Arts Center in Bartlesville. Another memento from Shin'en Kan
This gate is one of the few remnants of Shin'en Kan, a home Goff designed for Joe Price. Sadly this unique home was destroyed by fire in 1996, and the gate is displayed outside the Price Tower Arts Center in Bartlesville. Another memento from Shin'en Kan adorns Bruce Goff's grave marker in Chicago- it's a piece of his trademark blue cullet glass.

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The Bavinger House in Norman is considered by many to be Goff's finest work. Built mostly with scavenged materials over the course of many years, the house is more art than architecture. This view from 2009 shows the support cables and unusual storage pod
The Bavinger House in Norman is considered by many to be Goff's finest work. Built mostly with scavenged materials over the course of many years, the house is more art than architecture. This view from 2009 shows the support cables and unusual storage pods. Today the central spire is damaged and its future is questionable.

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