Bruce Goff- The Hopewell Baptist Church

The Hopewell Baptist Church is another of Bruce Goff’s works that I have personally visited. It was built in Edmond, Oklahoma in 1950. This building seems to blend Stereotypical Native American Symbols with common buildings sensibilities from modern Oklahoma. It’s in the shape of a tepee, yet each of the supports are named for the 12 Apostles. It’s odd to apply Christian mythos to Native American symbols. The whole building seems done on a frugal budget, and it isn’t very pleasant to look at.

Bruce Goff- The Pavilion for Japanese Art

The Pavilion for Japanese Art found in Los Angeles was constructed in 1978. It was one the last buildings designed by Bruce Goff, and it was only completed after his death by architect Bart Prince.  The Pavilion for Japanese Art is easily my favorite of Goff’s works still standing.  I love all of the edges and the central spiral stair case. This is a build that knows how to use its space, unlike the Riverside Studio in Tulsa. The flora that cover up entire walls disguises the slightly stiff shape enough to give it a more unique form. I enjoy how the stairs and the ramp cross over each other. All the different lines of the building intersect in very unique ways.

Bruce Goff- The Riverside Studio

The Riverside Studio was built in Tulsa in 1928, a year before the Boston Avenue Methodist Church. It was designed by architect Bruce Goff for a singular person, a music teacher by the name of Patti Adams Shriner. It’s fascinating that it was originally built as home, even with a large studio. My initial impression is that it’s a church of some kind. The material and make appear to be adobe. I enjoy the windows that stack diagonally, and give the impression of stairs. Ultimately, I think it’s kind of ugly because of how boxy the shape is. The roof is too flat and the walls are too straight.

Bruce Goff- The Boston Avenue Methodist Church

is located in downtown Tulsa. It was completed in the late 1920’s, and is one of the most prominent examples for Art Deco by architect, Bruce Goff. I enjoy the stretched out quality of the building with the tall spires, and three stories of windows stacked on top of one another. It seems very much like a building from the 2013 film, The Great Gatsby.  It belongs in the roaring 20’s. I actually visited this building almost a decade ago. I remember being enchanted by it as if I were looking at a castle. Particularly the tower that reaches past 200 feet.