Oklahoma's National Register of Historic Places

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ID Number 2000221
Historic Name JOHN FRANK HOUSE
Description of Significance THE FRANK HOUSE, LOCATED IN A POST-WORLD WAR II SUBURBAN NEIGHBORHOOD IN SAPULPA, OKLAHOMA, IS A ONE-STORY HOUSE DESIGNED BY ARCHITECT BRUCE GOFF FOR JOHN FRANK, FOUNDER OF FRANKHOMA POTTERY. THE DESIGN IS A COMPOSITE LINEAR PLAN BASED ON THE ARC OF A CIRCLE WITH THE OUTER PERIMETER OF THE ARC FACING THE STREET. THE INNER CURVE OF THE PLAN DEFINES THE ENTRY COURT. THE BUILDING HAS A COMBINATION FLAT AND SHED ROOF AND WOOD FRAME STRUCTURE. EXTERIOR WALLS ARE CLAD IN TERRA COTTA ROOFING TILE, GLAZED BRICK AND TILE, AND PAINTED WOOD TRIM. ON THE STREET SIDE, THE OUTER WALL IS DEFINED BY TERRA COTTA ROOFING TILE WITH A SERIES OF RECESSED FIXED-GLASS WINDOWS. THE FRONT ENTRY OF THE HOUSE, LOCATED ON THE INNER CURVE, IS CONCEALED WITH A DECORATIVE SCREEN OF LACE-LIKE TILES BETWEEN TWO CURVED PROJECTING FORMS CLAD IN GLAZED BRICK. A BRIDGE LEADING OVER A REFLECTING POOL IS THE ONLY VISUAL CLUE TO THE ENTRY. THE INTERIOR HAS AN OPEN PLAN WITH FOLDING WOOD PARTITIONS. THE FOCAL POINT OF THE INTERIOR IS THE CIRCULAR FIREPLACE AND THE SUNKEN CONVERSATION PIT SURROUNDING IT. THE FRANK HOUSE IS AN EXCELLENT EXAMPLE OF THE WORK OF BRUCE GOFF, AND RETAINS A HIGH DEGREE OF ARCHITECTURAL INTEGRITY. OF SPECIAL INTEREST TO THIS DESIGN, GOFF INCORPORATED ORDINARY BRICK, WHICH WAS GLAZED IN FRANKHOMA POTTERY COLORS, AS A MAJOR FEATURE OF THE DESIGN. THE USE OF GLAZES IS SIGNIFICANT, BECAUSE IT REPRESENT THE CLOSE RELATIONSHIP GOFF DEVELOPED WITH THE OWNER OF THE FRANKHOMA POTTERY FACTORY. LISTED IN NATIONAL REGISTER 3/20/2002.
Current Name SAME
Address 1300 LUKER LANE
City SAPULPA
County CREEK
Lot N 200' LOT 7
Block 1
Current Section
Township
Range
Type BUILDING
Historic Function DOMESTIC: SINGLE DWELLING
Current Function DOMESTIC: SINGLE DWELLING
Area Signficance 1 ARCHITECTURE
Area Significance 2
Date Prepared 1999
Year Built 1955
Original Site YES
Architect/Builder GOFF, BRUCE - ARCHITECT
Architectural Style OTHER: ORGANIC
Roof Material ASPHALT
Wall Material BRICK, STUCCO, TERRA COTTA, GLASS
Window Material METAL
Door Material
Decorative Details
Condition GOOD
Comments
Restricted N