Detail View: Archivision Base to Module 9: Ford House

Preferred Title: 
Ford House
Image View: 
View within the central pavilion, from the upper balcony looking east, showing quonset hut steel frame
Creator: 
Bruce Alonzo Goff (American architect, 1904-1982)
Location: 
site: Aurora, Illinois, United States
Location Note: 
404 South Edgelawn Avenue
Date: 
1947-1950 (creation)
Cultural Context: 
American
Style Period: 
Modernist; Modern; Twentieth century
Work Type 1: 
house
Classification: 
architecture
Material: 
coal; glass; wood; steel
Technique: 
construction (assembling)
Subjects: 
architectural exteriors; dwelling
Description: 
Experiences gained from incorporating found materials in the residential and recreational facilities that he designed for the armed forces in the Aleutian Islands, due to wartime shortages of conventional building materials, continued to shape his post-war work. In other designs of this period Goff exploited more regular geometries, but still with unique results that were partly dependent on his continued exploration of unlikely materials. Examples include the Ford house (1947-1950), Aurora, IL, whose intersecting partial domes are made of Quonset hut components supported on base walls of coal, and the Wilson house (1950-1953), Pensacola, FL, composed of pipe-framed interlocking cubes. (Source: Grove Art Online; http://www.oxfordartonline.com/)
Collection: 
Archivision Addition Module Three
Identifier: 
1A1-GB-FH-B17
Rights: 
© Scott Gilchrist, Archivision, Inc.