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ZacharyMatthews



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PostPosted: Mon Apr 25, 2016 8:08 pm    Post subject: Bruce Goffs/ Bavinger house demolished and trucked away Reply with quote

The son of original homeowner had a crew out over the last week to completely clear the lot of the rubble from the semi demolished house. The remaining stone and glass cullett was dumped in an Oklahoma landfill. The owners then sent out the following email, pretty much bragging they had finally erased the house from the site.

From: bavinger@XXXXX.com
Sent: Sunday, April 17, 2016 11:29 AM
To:architect@XXXXX.com
Subject: Bavinger House latest Award

The Bavinger House receives the “It’s Gone” award.

-The Bavinger Boys


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ZacharyMatthews



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PostPosted: Mon Apr 25, 2016 8:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Before photo
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 25, 2016 9:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nice.


That's a great photo of the house, Zachary. Who has the best images of this design, inside and out ?

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PostPosted: Tue Apr 26, 2016 5:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The Price Studio was lost to arson fueled by greed. Judging by this and previous posts over tha last few years, Bavinger has been lost to demolition fueled by paranoia and inability to obtain assistance in dealing with the house's needs.

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PostPosted: Tue Apr 26, 2016 9:02 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Boy, it ain't easy being a Goff house ...
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SREcklund



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PostPosted: Tue Apr 26, 2016 9:05 am    Post subject: Re: Bruce Goffs/ Bavinger house demolished and trucked away Reply with quote

ZacharyMatthews wrote:
The Bavinger House receives the “It’s Gone” award.

-The Bavinger Boys


What the hell is wrong with those guys? It's their right to do what they want with their property, but they seem to be going out of their way to be asshats in their execution ...
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 26, 2016 10:01 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Who will be the first to suggest a re-creation ?

Oops -- it's me. Sorry.

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PostPosted: Tue Apr 26, 2016 11:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Based on the reported happenings, statements, and actions of the owner of the house, I'm under the impression that the owner needed help. Given the tenor of the recent message regarding the demolition, I believe there is still that need.

http://savewright.org/wright_chat/viewtopic.php?t=6034&highlight=bavinger

Even if the house was "beyond repair" as the owner contended, surely total removal was not necessary....nor was sending the stone and glass masonry to a landfill.

The Bavenger house should be rebuilt. Goff's Emil Gutman house should be as well...both sites are still vacant.

Scroll down for pics of Bavinger and Gutman:
http://elarquitectoimpenitente.blogspot.com/2014/10/la-insolita-arquitectura-de-bruce-goff.html
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 26, 2016 11:25 am    Post subject: To SDR Reply with quote

Quote:
Nice.


That's a great photo of the house, Zachary. Who has the best images of this design, inside and out ?

SDR


Yukio Futagawa shot the house for Global Architecture magazine in 1975. I consider those to be the best collection of photos taken with the family's full cooperation. Copies of it appear online and at auction regularly.

Perhaps Ryerson/Burnham Library at ArtIC has a some photo's. A few on this forum may have a personal collection as well.

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PostPosted: Tue Apr 26, 2016 11:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

A blogger's experience touring Bavinger in 2010, with pictures ...

The Bavinger House
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Roderick Grant



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PostPosted: Tue Apr 26, 2016 11:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

"The Price Studio was lost to arson fueled by greed."

DRN, greed? What do you know that we don't? I thought it was an unsolved mystery.
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 26, 2016 12:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The loss of the house was ruled arson by the local authorities, but there was no evidence of who the perpetrator was.
Sometime later, I had read, and it was further noted at the end the Goff documentary "Goff in the Desert", that there was strong pressure from local commercial interests to subdivide the acreage of the former ranch for high end residential development. OU's operation of a house museum on a large parcel of the former ranch made that development difficult.

My comment accuses no one, but it does speak to a likely motive for the act.....or it could have just been some "spirited youngsters out on a lark".
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 26, 2016 12:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Horizon, Vol. IV, No. 2, Nov. 1961, pp 42-47, "Pavilions on the Prairie," by John Canaday (can't find credit for photography) was the first time I heard of Goff. The article includes Price (before the extensive additions), Ford, Gutman, Wilson and Bavinger. An interior shot of Bavinger pond, garden, dining area, fishnet-suspended bed 'pod' and cylindrical closet gives as clear an understanding of the interior as any I have seen. There is also a plan and section. But the linked photo of that wonderful door is the first I have seen of that!

Bavinger was one of the finest residences in the country, and its loss is indefensible. An article in LA Times this Sunday addressed the problem of preserving architecture. In light of LACMA's acquisition of Lautner's Goldman/Sheats House, other museums are beginning to address this problem. As Christopher Hawthorne points out, the cost of buying, maintaining and operating a house as a museum is trifling compared to the cost of acquiring a single painting these days (What would a major Klimt cost today?), not to mention the hundreds of millions of dollars museums like MoMA spend on perpetual remodeling.
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 26, 2016 1:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The December 1962 issue of Progressive Architecture magazine has good photography of Goff's work as well.
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 28, 2016 2:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Bavinger House completely gone


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