Alas, this building appears to be no more. I was on the team that studied a group of buildings designed by Bruce Goff while I was finishing up my Master’s at the University of Oklahoma, under the direction of Arn Henderson, who was a student during the tenure of Bruce Goff.
This was one of the more unique houses of the listing. Many of the properties are somewhat fragile, and this one was no exception. I discovered it when I was doing research for another article and wanted to look back at some of Bruce Goff’s designs.
The loss of this building, despite a robust local following of people who wished to preserve this building underscores the importance of supporting the National Register of Historic Places and the researchers that create a written history of our historical places. This particular building was listed under the heading “Works of a Master” before it was 50 years old. Bruce Goff’s legacy is one of cutting edge ideas, unusual and unexpected elements in design that makes the buildings take on a life of their own. If you want to read more about the building, Wikipedia has a link to the original National Register form. Links: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bavinger_House