The McGregor House in Tulsa, Oklahoma is one of Spencer Preservation’s current projects. With an architectural background and a twenty-year history of helping clients preserve and develop their historic resources, Spencer Preservation provides an unmatched suite of services to add value to your preservation project.
Born in Kansas, Bruce Alonzo Goff (1904-1982) moved to Tulsa, Oklahoma with his parents in 1915. Goff began work in a Tulsa architect’s office in 1916 at the age of twelve and had a design of a limestone house published in Stone Magazine in 1918. It is widely reported that Goff’s first design to be constructed was the Graves House near Los Angeles in 1919 but in the past decade numerous homes in Tulsa have been attributed to Goff, constructed in the late teens and early twenties. Thomas Thixton was a student of Goff’s at the University of Oklahoma. A native of Tulsa, Thixton took Bruce Goff on a driving tour in 1950 during which Goff identified a number of homes he designed. One such home is the McGregor House, a Prairie-style home located on S. Quaker Avenue designed by Goff in his teens and built c.1920. The home is a work in progress – currently under rehabilitation into offices.
The stucco house has a recessed second story at the rear and is distinguished by its tiered flat roof with wide eaves and numerous Prairie-style windows. A distinguishing feature is the full-width front porch with varying open arches and a terrazzo floor. The home was purchased by Tulsa lawyer Mark Sanders of Preservation Strategies LLC in 2013 who is currently rehabilitating the home with plans to convert it to offices. Spencer Preservation is working to list the home on the National Register of Historic Places and working with Sanders to apply for federal and Oklahoma Historic Tax Credits.
Designer of Tulsa’s Boston Avenue Methodist Church, an Art-Deco masterpiece, Goff became nationally known for his organic, eclectic, and individualistic designs later in his career. The early Tulsa residences reflect a developmental period when Goff was influenced by Frank Lloyd Wright and Louis Sullivan among other architects and artists.