Friday, January 8, 2010

Get me to the Art Deco in time

We're not in Kansas anymore, we're in Cedar Rapids, Iowa to view the brick St. Paul's United Methodist Church designed by Louis Sullivan. Note the round auditorium. Oklahoma architect Bruce Goff was partially responsible for the Tulsa Methodist which "one of the finest examples of ecclesiastical Art Deco in the United States." It also has a round auditorium. Goff was a correspondent with Sullivan and a friend of Frank Lloyd Wright, but definitely his own person. You will want to purchase photographs of Goff's buildings from this dashing photographer's site.

Here is Bruce Goff and some of his buildings. Let's hope one of his extant buildings makes it into the next Wes Anderson Movie.


LadrĂ³n de Basura (a.k.a. Junk Thief) said...

I grew up three miles north of Bruce Goff's Bavinger House shown at the bottom. I've been in the tower of the art deco Boston United Methodist Church, and being inside is even groovier than the exterior views. At the risk of bragging, one of my third cousins owns the Frank Lloyd Wright house in Tulsa. The house, which has a flat roof, was notorious for leaking. His wife, who appreciated the place's significance but did grow tired of it, was once quoted as saying, "Don't leave a piece of art out in the rain."

I may bring my Louis Sullivan doll to comedy night, but remember he is MY date.

Salty Miss Jill said...

OH, I certainly hope so, too.