Bavinger hunt

The 1955 Bavinger House, designed by architect Bruce Goff around a spiral helix in the woods east of Norman, may or may not still be standing:

The owner of the east Norman Bavinger House, designed by noted architect Bruce Goff, said Monday the home has been torn down.

But the home’s spire can still be seen from 60th Avenue Southeast, and Norman police on Tuesday said the distinctive home was still standing. Bob Bavinger, the son of the late Eugene and Nancy Bavinger, said he “took it down to the ground” last week.

Lynne Rostochil, writer/photographer specializing in architecture, is worried:

While the house itself has not been torn down to the ground as Bob claimed, it does look like it has sustained significant damage… the top spire of the house [is] tilted over at a 45 degree angle. According to those in the know (i.e., a couple of my architecture buddies), the spire housed all of the structural cables that held up the roof and room pods. With the failure of the spire, it is entirely possible that the rest of the roof and house sustained catastrophic damage.

Bavinger apparently has been feuding with that other Norman institution, the University of Oklahoma:

He claimed OU had undermined his efforts to gain funding to restore the family home and he felt compelled to destroy the home and “remove the target.”

The Web page for the house claims only “Closed due to storm damage.”

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3 comments

  1. fillyjonk »

    23 June 2011 · 9:24 am

    “Storm” as in “temper tantrum”?

  2. CGHill »

    23 June 2011 · 10:10 pm

    That would be my guess. “And finally, he stormed out.”

  3. Tatyana »

    24 June 2011 · 8:25 am

    oh what a nightmarish structure! Zeus was right, striking it with a thunderbolt.

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