Bruce Goff’s Quirky Round House Hits the Market For $180K

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By Lucy Wang
Built for entertaining and turning heads, this unique midcentury home is seeking a new owner.

Acclaimed for his boundless creativity and penchant for eclectic design, iconic American architect Bruce Goff knew that in a world of boxy architecture a round house would never fail to capture the imagination.

One such circular example is the Garvey House, a round home completed in 1955 for music professor and violinist John Garvey and his wife in Urbana, Illinois.

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Floor-to-ceiling glazing in the front of the house brings an abundance of natural light indoors. The glass doors also open up the home for outdoor concerts.

Floor-to-ceiling glazing in the front of the house brings an abundance of natural light indoors. The glass doors also open up the home for outdoor concerts.

Inspired by the couple’s love of music, Goff centered the house on entertaining. The heart of the home is a sunken, circular living room that has been designed to function as a music performance area with a wooden stage and in-built bench seating.

The music room, which now serves as the living room, is set beneath a central skylight and anchored by a free-standing hearth.

The music room, which now serves as the living room, is set beneath a central skylight and anchored by a free-standing hearth.

The timber ceiling slopes upward to the round skylight. The built-in bench seating have been reupholstered and the steps have been rebuilt with polished aluminum treads.

The timber ceiling slopes upward to the round skylight. The built-in bench seating have been reupholstered and the steps have been rebuilt with polished aluminum treads.

A hallway, which branches off to the home’s various rooms, encircles the main living space. A previous homeowner installed accordion doors to separate the bedrooms from the living space.

A peek inside an ensuite bedroom.

A peek inside an ensuite bedroom.

A look inside the adjoining bathroom, approximately 100 square feet in size.

A look inside the adjoining bathroom, approximately 100 square feet in size.

This bathroom with a large enclosed shower sits adjacent to the master bedroom. The house has two full baths.

This bathroom with a large enclosed shower sits adjacent to the master bedroom. The house has two full baths.

A modest addition in the rear of the 0.31-acre site has brought the property to a size of 2,520 square feet with three bedrooms and two baths.

A stone patio connects Goff's Garvey House to a new addition, built in 2011, that includes a soaking tub and sauna. A large koi pond has also been added to the backyard.

A stone patio connects Goff's Garvey House to a new addition, built in 2011, that includes a soaking tub and sauna. A large koi pond has also been added to the backyard.

A look at a flex room, which can serve as a study or a fourth bedroom.

A look at a flex room, which can serve as a study or a fourth bedroom.

The kitchen features updated appliances and checkered ceramic tile flooring.

The kitchen features updated appliances and checkered ceramic tile flooring.

A view of the main room from the kitchen.

A view of the main room from the kitchen.

Garvey House floor plan

Garvey House floor plan

2016 Burlison Drive Urbana, IL is now being listed by The Stefanie Pratt Team - Coldwell Banker The Real Estate Group for $179,900. See the full listing here.

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