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Location: Urbana, Illinois
We’ve seen quite a few circular houses in the listings recently, from this eclectic midcentury in Dallas to late American comedian, actor, and musician Jackie Gleason’s $12M house in New York. In Illinois, however, a much more affordable round house is on the market, this time by American architect Bruce Goff.
Known for his bold otherworldly designs, Goff built nearly 140 structures, including this three-bedroom, two-bath home from 1955. Called the “Garvey Round House,” the property boasts 2,520 square feet on a .3-acre lot and was designed for a violinist who taught at the University of Illinois, Urbana.
The centerpiece of the home is the expansive round living room which was originally envisioned as the music room. Reminiscent of a giant circular conversation pit, the main area of the room is recessed several steps below the entrance level and features a stage-like wooden platform. Wood ceilings are complemented by a center skylight and the entire circle features a continuous row of white columns.
The rooms around the living room include a kitchen, an office, and three bedrooms, all of which are longer lengthwise than their are wide thanks to the home’s shape. Finally, floor to ceiling windows across one side of the living room were designed to open to make more space when the Garvey family hosted concerts.
If you’re looking for a value-oriented home designed by an iconic American architect, 2016 Burlison Drive is on the market, now for $179,900.