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Bruce Goff-designed Bavinger House in Norman apparently has met its demise

The architectural oddity either fell to a recent microburst of high winds in Norman, or at the hand of the owner.
by Richard Mize Published: June 23, 2011
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/articleid/3579645/1/pictures/1450356">Photo - This photo from May 2009 shows the exterior of the Bavinger House in Norman. <strong>Jaconna Aguirre - THE OKLAHOMAN ARCHIVE</strong>
This photo from May 2009 shows the exterior of the Bavinger House in Norman. Jaconna Aguirre - THE OKLAHOMAN ARCHIVE

The website also revealed something of the difficulties the restoration effort has encountered:

“2008 showed us the nonprofit environment was not fulfilling the goals and wishes of Gene and Nancy Bavinger. So for 2009 we have changed from a nonprofit to a for-profit corporation,” it said. “This change will not affect the mission and the needs of the house but will allow them to be carried out in a much more effective way.”

Bob Bavinger could not be reached for comment.

Architecture writer and photographer Lynne Rostochil blogged on the website OKC.net that the house had been significantly damaged.

“That's the top spire of the house you see tilted over at a 45-degree angle,” she wrote describing a photo credited to Shane Hood. “According to those in the know ... the spire housed all of the structural cables that held up the roof and the room pods. With the failure of the spire, it is entirely possible that the rest of the roof and house sustained catastrophic damage.”

by Richard Mize
Real Estate Editor
Real estate editor Richard Mize has edited The Oklahoman's weekly residential real estate section and covered housing, commercial real estate, construction, development, finance and related business since 1999. From 1989 to 1999, he worked...
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