Article: Bruce Goff

To control SPAM, you must now be a registered user to post to this Message Board.

EFFECTIVE 14 Nov. 2012 PRIVATE MESSAGING HAS BEEN RE-ENABLED. IF YOU RECEIVE A SUSPICIOUS DO NOT CLICK ON ANY LINKS AND PLEASE REPORT TO THE ADMINISTRATOR FOR FURTHER INVESTIGATION.

This is the Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy's Message Board. Wright enthusiasts can post questions and comments, and other people visiting the site can respond.

You agree not to post any abusive, obscene, vulgar, slanderous, hateful, threatening, *-oriented or any other material that may violate any applicable laws. Doing so may lead to you being immediately and permanently banned (and your service provider being informed). The IP address of all posts is recorded to aid in enforcing these conditions. You agree that the webmaster, administrator and moderators of this forum have the right to remove, edit, move or close any topic at any time they see fit.
Roderick Grant
Posts: 10614
Joined: Wed Mar 29, 2006 7:48 am

Post by Roderick Grant »

This house, which is impossible to see up close on Google Maps, is not listed in the Works of Bruce Goff. The only house listed for 1938 is Turzak in Chicago, a similarly styled house, and first of only 5 houses he designed in the Chicago area, none of which are listed in Northfield.

Roderick Grant
Posts: 10614
Joined: Wed Mar 29, 2006 7:48 am

Post by Roderick Grant »

SDR, I don't like this plan at all. It looks like it was planned from the outside in; the floor plan is a mess. There is a door between the family room and the rest of the house. Look at the view of the living room fireplace; to the right is a glimpse of the family room. But check out the photo of the family room, the one with the brick walls and small fireplace: What is that pipe dropping through the ceiling, ending in what?

SDR
Posts: 20290
Joined: Sat Jun 17, 2006 11:33 pm
Location: San Francisco

Post by SDR »

Granted, the plan could have been drawn by a layman rather than an architectural designer. Then again, I have a hard time thinking of Goff as an architect . . . I regret to say.

The "pipe" is a small hexagonal light fixture. Behind it is what looks like exterior sheathing, and an opening with glass and (presumably) a rear door, just out of sight ?

The door is missing on the plan drawing, despite appearing in photos.

S

Roderick Grant
Posts: 10614
Joined: Wed Mar 29, 2006 7:48 am

Post by Roderick Grant »

SDR, not the ceiling light fixture. The pipe strapped to the brick wall near the doorway to the stair hall.

SDR
Posts: 20290
Joined: Sat Jun 17, 2006 11:33 pm
Location: San Francisco

Post by SDR »

Ah. Looks like an electrical device---a length of conduit, possibly terminating at an elongated "conduit body."

https://www.fibersavvy.com/products/con ... tfEALw_wcB

This may be a remnant from when this was an exterior wall . . .

S

DRN
Posts: 4054
Joined: Mon Jul 10, 2006 10:02 am
Location: Cherry Hill, NJ

Post by DRN »

This house has been significantly altered and expanded. Looking at the floor plan...the garage, the bedrooms atop it, and family room are additions. Goff designed a pair of brick houses with an almost Usonian vibe; both were 2 or 3 bed houses with simple and clear plans. This house would be greatly improved by removing the accretions.

SDR
Posts: 20290
Joined: Sat Jun 17, 2006 11:33 pm
Location: San Francisco

Post by SDR »

DRN favors us with five images of the early Goff residences at 206 and 210 Wagner Road, Northfield, Illinois.


Image

Image

Image

Image

Image

Roderick Grant
Posts: 10614
Joined: Wed Mar 29, 2006 7:48 am

Post by Roderick Grant »

It appears from DRN's posting that the Rant House carport originally occupied what is now the foyer and office, with the north wall extending into what became the family room. The additions include the new garage, family room and the entire upstairs. I wonder if the alterations were done by Goff.

Wiki lists neither Rant nor Elin.

DRN
Posts: 4054
Joined: Mon Jul 10, 2006 10:02 am
Location: Cherry Hill, NJ

Post by DRN »

The Goff project list I have does not indicate later work by Goff at the Rant house.

SDR
Posts: 20290
Joined: Sat Jun 17, 2006 11:33 pm
Location: San Francisco

Post by SDR »

The Elin house is right up there with the greats of the early modern era, for me. The cubist brickwork evokes Amsterdam, or Berlin, or . . .? Was Wright ever simultaneously so reductive and so sculptural ?

S

Paul Ringstrom
Posts: 4419
Joined: Sat Sep 17, 2005 4:53 pm
Location: Mason City, IA

Post by Paul Ringstrom »

Owner of the G. Curtis Yelland House (1910), by Wm. Drummond

Paul Ringstrom
Posts: 4419
Joined: Sat Sep 17, 2005 4:53 pm
Location: Mason City, IA

Post by Paul Ringstrom »

Owner of the G. Curtis Yelland House (1910), by Wm. Drummond

DRN
Posts: 4054
Joined: Mon Jul 10, 2006 10:02 am
Location: Cherry Hill, NJ

Post by DRN »

From the article:
Mrs. Rant and Mrs. Elin were sisters, according to Crain's Chicago Business, which first reported the sale. A few years after their home was completed, the Rants expanded on Goff's design, adding a garage and a second story. According to Crain's, they hired the firm Perkins & Will, which had designed Winnetka's Crow Island School in 1940, to design the addition.
I suppose that explains the addition matching the character of the original...I still prefer the simplicity of the original build.

SDR
Posts: 20290
Joined: Sat Jun 17, 2006 11:33 pm
Location: San Francisco

Re: Article: Bruce Goff

Post by SDR »

Paul, in reply to your last post, above, I never did ask if you know just what Goff did at the Walker residence. I'm always interested in details of building production !

S

DRN
Posts: 4054
Joined: Mon Jul 10, 2006 10:02 am
Location: Cherry Hill, NJ

Re: Article: Bruce Goff

Post by DRN »

Walker?
I thought Goff was brought in post-April 1959 to enlarge the Blair house in Cody, WY.

http://www.steinerag.com/flw/Artifact%2 ... RtS351.htm

Post Reply