I was surprised to run across a real estate listing for a house in Tulsa originally designed by Bruce Goff. Though somewhat altered, the 1925 Fred Hansen house was among Goff’s earliest commissions and could be restored to a more original appearance. If you are not familiar with Goff’s work, this video is well worth watching. Heck, it’s worth watching even if you are familiar with his work! I don’t when the alterations were made… but I suspect the house has had many changes at different times over the decades. As one of his early works, it was always more “normal” than his later, overtly organic, work. Still, it’s safe to say that the house looked somewhat different when new than it does today. Goff’s work in the 1920’s was modern for the period; it exhibited both Art Deco and Prairie influences. The listing states “ONE of a KIND!! Bruce Goff Designed Home in the Prestigious Utica Square Area.” And it is one of a kind; there’s not another one like it. It just doesn’t look exactly like it did when it was first built (most older houses don’t come down through time without some changes). The following images (unless noted otherwise) were taken from the listing on zillow.com – there are additional images there.
The various elements at the entry (skinny fluted columns, neo-Craftsman porch lights, entablature-free pediment, rustic “Old World Charm” studded doors, spiked fence, address plaque and 8-over-8 vinyl replacement windows with fake muntins) are at odds with the Art Deco and Prairie styling that characterized Goff’s early work.
The new entry porch contrasts stylistically with the original vertical banding and unusual original roofline.
Here’s a c. 2007 view of the house before the porch was added. Image courtesy of Google Street view. The canopy appears to be an earlier attempt to normalize the entry. The shutters didn’t enhance the intended character.
Note the Neo-Victorian door casing (with new bullseye corner blocks) around the new front doors.
More of the living room. The flattened Gothic arches are definitely characteristic of his early work!
The dining room.
Well, the floor appears to be something that Goff might recognize.
Why is there a knob on the angled end panel of the desk? And why is there a knob on the other end panel of the desk?
Aha! Another surviving flattened Gothic arch… though the door may likely be a mid-century replacement.
I don’t think that Goff was a big fan of six-panel Colonial style doors. Sliding glass doors weren’t a thing in 1925.
Surprise! Much of the original bath has survived!
More of the bathroom.
Hmmm. More neo-Victorian door casing is combined here with a white six-panel Colonial door. The sliding glass doors have fake muntins, like the replacement windows.
Nice view of the toilet from bed (probably not an original amenity).
From the side, the house appears to foreshadow the 1970’s trend of fake mansard roofs (be sure to see this Thursday’s post!). I’m assuming that this is part of Goff’s original design. The privacy wall appears to be mid-century. The portion of the rear facade which is covered in horizontal siding might be a later alteration; it is kind of awkward. Note how the rear entry from the kitchen projects out and holds a small porch above; that appears to be original.
Here you can better see the siding-covered room at the rear where it protrudes a bit from the roof on the side of the house. Image courtesy of Google Street View.
Cute matching garage!