Monthly Archives: June 2011

Bruce Goff’s Bavinger House feared lost

Lawrence Modern is by nature a provincial enterprise but we do patrol the architecture news front. And we have some sad news to report. We recently learned that architect Bruce Goff’s Bavinger House, located in Norman, Oklahoma, was severely damaged in June and is feared to be lost. Although it is still unclear what exactly […]

How my chair addiction opened doors

I confess. I have an addiction to modern chairs. I have accumulated so many that my wife, Terri, often shakes her head in exasperation whenever I bring home my latest acquisition or junk find. “Why did you buy that?” and “Where are you going to put it?” have become the reflex responses. It all started […]

An (architecturally) cool summer afternoon

We enjoyed a well-fed and cool (architecturally speaking) summer afternoon Sunday, June 12, 2011 at the home of Doug & Alice Hewitt, owners of this 1956 gem at 918 Highland Dr., next to the Hillcrest Elementary. The house was designed by Robert Hess, a KU architecture grad, for Reuter Organ executive Franklin Mitchell and his family. […]

A passion for buildings

A passion for buildings often brings people together who otherwise might never have met and become friends. The desire in 2009 to find and document the best modern houses in Lawrence brought me luckily into contact with two young men who wanted to do the same thing: Tom Harper, a Realtor and founder of Lawrence […]