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HERB GREENE
Prairie Chicken House - 1961
550 NE 48th St, Norman, Oklahoma

 

The house that Herb Greene built for himself was named Prairie Chicken House by Life Magazine, when it was published shortly after its completion. Greene built the house on the Oklahoma prairie a few miles from the Eugene Bavinger House which he worked on while he was an apprentice of Bruce Goff. I was unfortunately unable to view the interior, but the strange and wonderful exterior lets me fanaticize what may lie within. The building is clad in black asphalt shingles, and then covered in lengths of weathered wood. A large glass window projects out, overlooking the prairie, and is adorned with an interesting arrangement of wood cladding. A metal roof grows out of the center of the building and creates cover for the entrance to the house. The building feels at ease with its grassland environment.


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