Commissioned in 1965 by Lawrence Hyde, this house designed by Bruce Goff is located in suburban Kansas City. Because the house remains a private residence, I took photos only of the front which could be seen from the street. I’m fairly certain that the other elevations would be just as interesting!
As in many other Goff houses, the fireplace chimney pierces a skylight to magical effect. Below the shallow roofline, continuous bands of glass further emphasize horizontality. Goff’s fondness for glass ashtrays is also happily expressed here – those that I could see were all of green glass. The shingled exterior is expressively rendered.
The house seems more at ease with the landscape than neighboring houses of conventional design.
Goff’s signature ashtrays are found in the front door, porch balustrade, and lighting above the porch.
The shingled wall flares just above the foundation. The skylight surrounding the chimney is barely visible. A pyramidal framework covers both.
This 2014 image, courtesy of Google Street View, shows more clearly the low pyramidal form of the roof. The relationship of the chimney’s pyramidal framework to the triangularly notched window (with its surrounding shingle pattern echoing the shape) can also be seen.
A diagonal panel inset with ashtrays fills a corner – balancing a matching door on the other side of the room. They are reminiscent of doors and panels in Goff’s 1947 Ledbetter house.
Beautiful and fun!