McGregor House added to historic register

McGregor House - Photo by Brenda Spencer

McGregor House – Photo by Brenda Spencer

Deco Tulsa is proclaiming the news that the historic McGregor House in Tulsa has been added to the National Register of Historic Places.

The home at 1401 S. Quaker was built around 1920 and had long been rumored to be a product of the fertile mind of Bruce Goff according to the write up by Rex Brown.

But no official attribution for the McGregor House to Goff existed. The current owner, Mark Sanders, purchased the property in 2013 and began extensive renovations. And some investigations.

TulsaArtDecoHis research turned up a man named Thomas Thixton, a former student of Goff’s at the University of Oklahoma. Thixton explained that in the Summer of 1950 he had taken Bruce Goff on a driving tour of Tulsa. Part of the tour was to survey homes Goff had designed. Sure enough, when they passed the Prairie-style home at 14th and Quaker Goff pointed at it and said, “I designed that.”

The fact that no official recognition of Goff was attached to this property may have been due in part to the fact Goff was an apprentice at the time. Not to mention just a teenager!

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