Midcentury architect Bruce Goff built a plethora of organic buildings across the Midwest and beyond, combining imaginative forms with found and reclaimed materials, including ribbed Quonset huts, feathers and cullet.
The largely self-taught ‘outsider’ architect was a prodigious talent who built his first house aged 14 and was a mentee of Frank Lloyd Wright. None of his works looked the same, but many drew criticism for being kitsch. Among his fantastical creations is LAC’s Pavilion for Japanese Art, with its turquoise mosaics and see-through fibreglass panels, the castle-like Bavinger House in Oklahoma, with its tall spiralling roof, and the wooden cylindrical Al Struckus House in LA featuring four glass windows resembling eyeballs.
In 1967, Goff designed Searing House – a whimsical two-storey house in the city of Prairie Village, Kansas (Goff’s home state). Goff gave the property an innovative, geometric design with a free-flowing plan and glass walls that spill out onto garden-level terraces with ironwork detailing.
The one-bedroom Kansas property is for sale with Bash & Co Sotheby’s International Realty for $975,000 for the first time in its history. Its main living space has a freestanding, central fireplace under triangular skylights and wooden dividing doors, which open it up to other rooms and the natural views beyond. It even has the original Formica-topped kitchen.