“we don’t like your house either”

January 11, 2014 — 2 Comments

Designed by maverick American architect Bruce Goff, the Ruth Ford House — known variously as the Round House, Coal House, and Umbrella House — is a creative tour de force.  It could not look less like neighboring houses in suburban Aurora, Illinois, where it was built in 1947-49, and local people took it as an architectural affront. Fortunately, as the photo below attests, the owners of the house were undaunted –

goff, ford house, life mag, 1951

Life Magazine published a several-page spread on the house in 1951, with lovely color photos by Eliot Elisofon of the house’s interior and exterior.


2 responses to “we don’t like your house either”


    Ha! That’s awesome!

    Livon Diramerian January 16, 2014 at 9:01 pm

    Although this house was built in the forties, but it is a modern house today. The architect was very successful in his design, he not only used one circular form, but multiple circular forms.It is one of the most creative designs nowadays.

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