Living In A Work Of Art: Bruce Goff's Freeman House
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Penny Amiet is the current owner of Bruce Goff's Freeman House in Joplin, MO. She and her husband have taken care of the home for the last eight years and have recently made the difficult decision to sell the home and pass the torch onto new stewards. I asked Penny to relate some of her experiences owning the home over the years for PrairieMod readers. More after the jump... Penny writes: "Who knew on that...
Penny Amiet is the current owner of Bruce Goff's Freeman House in Joplin, MO. She and her husband have taken care of the home for the last eight years and have recently made the difficult decision to sell the home and pass the torch onto new stewards. I asked Penny to relate some of her experiences owning the home over the years for PrairieMod readers. More after the jump...
"Who knew on that Sunday in June of 1998, my discovery in that abandoned yard across from my mother's house in Miami, OK would lead me to where I am today. I am referring to a sixty pound piece of blue glass that was lying in the tall grass next to an abandoned house as if it were left for me to find and return it to its rightful home. That's exactly what we did, but only by fate, ten years later!
I was on the internet one night on eBay looking for unusual homes, and there it was, the "Blue Glass." I had found its home only 30 miles from us in Joplin, MO. Known to locals as the "Glass House" this treasure was an original Bruce Goff, even though I had no idea who that was back then.
We had just finished flipping our 2nd home in Miami, OK and wer were really not looking to buy. But I had to tell the owners of that house the story of the glass that I had found and wanted to return. Since so much glass had been taken as souvenirs over the years, they really wanted to meet us and, of course, we had to see this intriguing house.
The home had been beautifully restored by Tom and Mona Jones, so seeing it was all it took, we had to have it! We have been its loving caretakers ever since.
In 2009 a straight line tornado hit us, and a tree hit the corner beam of the home, shattering all of the front windows, But I was determined to stay true to the design, and photographed each piece of glass to be returned to its rightful place. It was the least I could do, we love this home and it has loved us back with its beautiful prisms of light and color that dance throughout.
When you live in a Bruce Goff home you feel as if your suspended from the outside world. His use of space will astound you, every corner has a purpose, hidden and yet right before your eyes. You find yourself discovering something new about the house each time you open a hidden door, slide a screen, or step onto one of the 3 patios.
We have really tried to preserve it's integrity and beauty over the last eight years and will be leaving all of the art work that pertains to the house with the new owners, we also have the blue prints and many
mementos of the house: the ash tray window designs, original carpet samples and other items during the restoration, along with pictures and articles from previous owners. Our hope is that the home will inspire others to continue to love Organic Architecture as much as we do."
Thanks Penny. If you're interested in being the next stewards of this wonderful architectural work, then follow the link to the home's listing.
All images via realtor.com