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DavidC



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PostPosted: Thu Oct 04, 2018 7:59 am    Post subject: Article: Bruce Goff Reply with quote

How an Untrained Architect Made Oklahoma the Capital of Kitsch


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PostPosted: Thu Oct 04, 2018 10:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The Graves House that Goff designed at 14 MAY have been built somewhere in the Los Angeles area, but evidence of its location or construction has never been found. It's a neat design, a B&B take on early FLW. It looks to have been inspired by Cheney ... superficially.

The one house in this article that is new to me is the Frank House. Is anyone aware of this design, or has it slipped through the cracks?
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 04, 2018 11:55 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The Frank house in Sapulpa, OK was designed in 1955 for a couple who operated a pottery firm called Frankoma Pottery. Goff designed the house to utilize fired clay elements and even designed decorative screens/tiles that were made by the Frank's artisans. The house is on the National Register of Historic Places, and is well known to those with Goffian sensibilities.

Pics of the house and its decorative elements:
http://andrewtboyne.com/organicarchitecture/goff_frank.html

https://archgened.oucreate.com/uncategorized/bruce-goff-john-frank-house/

Images of Frankoma pottery pieces:
https://www.google.com/search?q=frankoma+pottery&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwjN7cXAne3dAhUsmeAKHX2TAtEQ_AUIDygC&biw=1587&bih=891
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 04, 2018 12:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have heard of Frankoma Pottery, but never saw the house. Fascinating! The grille is very handsome and effective. But Goff did love his shag rugs a bit too much for my taste.
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 04, 2018 8:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

My wife has the hots for Frankoma pottery. She's filled the bottom two shelves here with various pieces she's picked up over the years:


When I told her about this Frank house by Goff she got very excited to see photos of those glazed bricks... A whole house made of the stuff !!!
Up close, the finish of the pottery is very subtle and lovely. I imagine a wall of bricks with this finish would be very nice in person.


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PostPosted: Fri Oct 05, 2018 6:31 am    Post subject: General Discussion Reply with quote

Great post
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 07, 2018 8:55 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Joniece Frank at her Sapulpa Home. She passed away in 2016

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PostPosted: Sun Jan 27, 2019 5:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The Hidden Sides of Architect Rebel Bruce Goff — a Rare Look at a Generous Genius

https://www.papercitymag.com/home-design/bruce-goff-controversial-great-american-architect-hidden-sides/
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 27, 2019 7:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

That's a most useful new source of information on Goff. Among many other bits and pieces is this quote:

"Of course, I was influenced by Frank Lloyd Wright in my early years. However, I didn’t want to carry on his work. Wright asked me if I would come to Taliesin, before he established the fellowship, and become his “right-
hand man.” I was very busy at the time in Tulsa and was to be a partner in the firm I had apprenticed. I declined the offer then and two other times also.

On the third time, I explained: “Mr. Wright, I regard you highly and know people who have worked with you. You are too big a man for me to be close to, and I need to be away from you in order to keep the right perspective.
I hope we can continue to be friends.” Wright was silent for a long time. Then he put his arms around me and gave me a big hug and said: “Bruce, I wish others knew me like you do.” He never asked me to join him again."


Another revelation for me is the news that Goff was influenced by music . . .


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PostPosted: Mon Jan 28, 2019 12:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Those interested in Goff, the Frank House, and other topics in that orbit should check out the Friends of Kebyar and their many journals:

https://friendsofkebyar.com
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 28, 2019 12:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

SDR wrote:
Another revelation for me is the news that Goff was influenced by music . . .


If I remember correctly his favorite composer was Claude Debussy.

I recommend the book "Goff on Goff." It is a series of transcriptions of his
lectures to his students at Univ of Oklahoma by a fellow architecture professor, Phillip Welch.

https://www.amazon.com/Goff-Conversations-Lectures-Philip-Welch/dp/0806156031

Sidenote: Phil tried several times to become a FLW apprentice, but he had a family with a couple of kids and Wright didn't see that a good fit. He did help FLW on the Walker House while he was a prof in California.
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