Ruth and Sam Ford House, Aurora, Illinois, Section

A work made of graphite on white tracing paper.

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  • A work made of graphite on white tracing paper.

Date:

1947–1949

Artist:

Bruce Alonzo Goff
American, 1904-1982

About this artwork

Bruce Goff designed buildings for the Navy during World War II and there became acquainted with the versatile Quonset hut, a demountable steel structure with a distinctive, half-tube shape. This experience fueled Goff’s increasingly experimental approach to architecture after the war. When asked to create a home for the director of an arts school in Aurora, Illinois, Goff returned to the Quonset hut, whose semicircular ribs created an opportunity for spatial play. Military materials found their way into other parts of the rounded structure as well—including army surplus rope in the ceilings and aircraft domes repurposed as skylights—creating a kind of postwar fantasy far removed from the formulaic ranch houses being built across the Chicago suburbs.

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Architecture and Design

Artist

Bruce Alonzo Goff

Title

Ruth and Sam Ford House, Aurora, Illinois, Section

Origin

Aurora

Date

1947–1949

Medium

Graphite on white tracing paper

Dimensions

44.2 × 86.1 cm (17 3/8 × 33 15/16 in.)

Credit Line

Gift of Shin'enKan, Inc.

Reference Number

1990.809.16

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