Ford Residence

Architect Bruce Goff (1904-1982) was deeply involved with many projects that utilized the Quonset hut both during and after World War II.

When Goff was commissioned to design a house for Ruth and Sam Ford, he was able to deconstruct the kit of parts that made up the Quonset hut. The Ford house in Aurora, Illinois, consisted of a donut-shaped structure of Quonset hut ribs combined with an eclectic collection of materials that included cedar shingles, coal and acrylic canopies salvaged from aircraft. The unusual design, which met with some curiosity and some resentment in the local community, was praised in both the popular and professional press.

Interior A (842k)
Interior B (762k)
Interior C (863k)