Article: Bruce Goff

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

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More photos, and plans:

https://www.atproperties.com/10602829/2 ... -60093-nei

The family room at rear appears to have no indoor connection to the rest of the house, despite an obvious location for a passage door. Perhaps the space was added . . .

The garage is not convenient to the kitchen---by a long shot---but the plan is otherwise quite workable ?

A Curbed writer points to both Usonian and International precedent in the design---which seems apt.

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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.

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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?

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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.

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

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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 . . .

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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.

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


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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.

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

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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 ?

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

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

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