McClatchy Newspapers, Published April 05 2012
Bruce Goff houses were known for• Unusual exteriors. They stand out in neighborhoods because of their interesting shapes. Parks’ Nicol house in Kansas City looks like a tepee.
• Geometric shapes. Unusual shapes were used in floor plans and details. The Nicol house features an octagonal floor plan with a circular family room and contains triangular windows and sinks.
• Shiny things. Ornamentation is abundant. Objects such as sparkling paisley tile and glass dime-store ashtrays play with light and cast reflections. In houses outside of Kansas City, Goff used feathers and coal as decorative applications.
• Color everywhere. Walls, tile, countertops, carpet and ornamentation are in bold hues.
• Lots of light. Although his houses stand out among the landscape, people can connect with nature because his houses are surrounded by windows and contain big skylights.
• Sensible floor plans. Living space is huge for entertaining. Private space, such as bedrooms, was kept small. Cabinetry and tables were often built into the home.