Bruce Goff

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Birthday
8, 1904
Birthplace
Kansas
Death Date
Aug 4, 1982 (78)
Birth Sign
Gemini
Birthday
8, 1904
Birthplace
Kansas
Death Date
Aug 4, 1982 (78)

About

Known for his unique and organic housing designs, primarily in Oklahoma. He was influenced by Antoni Gaudi, Claude Debussy, Balinese music, seashells, and Japanese ukiyo-e prints. His designs would find a home at the Art Institute of Chicago's Modern Wing.

Before Fame

He was an apprentice with Tulsa firm Rush, Endacott and Rush at the young age of 12. He would become a partner at Rush in 1930.

Trivia

He helped his high-school art teacher, Adah Robinson, design Boston Avenue Methodist Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, which was a prominent example of the Art Deco movement.

Family Life

He was gay when it was illegal and was arrested in 1955; he had to give up his teaching position at the University of Oklahoma as a result.

Associated With

He and Frank Gehry were contemporaries.