Goff designed this home for Julius and Opal Cox. Mr. Cox was the International-Harvester dealer for Cimarron County, which is a pretty big deal out this way. One of the Cox's sons had met Goff while serving in the military and persuaded his folks to let him design their Dream Home. And while the home may appear rather normal, a closer look reveals evidence of the eccentric Mr. Goff. It would seem that while he restrained himself aesthetically he was hitting on all eight when it came to construction techniques.
The roof is made of concrete panels punctuated by a series of holes. These holes run the span of the roof and were intended to save weight and allow cooling air to pass through. While it's questionable how well they help cooling, they make a wonderful aviary. A makeshift barrier of chicken wire has been wrapped around the edges of the roof to dissuade the local birds from roosting in the holes.
Another technological feature Goff included was a clever cooling system adapted to the local climate. Louvers below major windows were intended to allow cooling air to be drawn in by a large ventilation fan. The fan was originally installed under a round smokestack apparatus visible in early photographs. The system relied on hedges planted near the louvers to filter the Oklahoma dust and a system of water sprinklers to cool the incoming air. Unfortunately these niceties were never completed, so the ventilation fan just sucked in massive amounts of dust, and the smokestack and fan were later removed.
Inside the house we found an eclectic clutter of historic artifacts and well-preserved furnishings. The living room appears to still serve as a living room, providing a meeting area for the historical society. As Morris leads us through the various rooms it's easy to tell his admiration is tolerant at best. "What do you think of that kitchen?" he asks, pointing down the long narrow galley of cabinets. "How would you like to work in there all day?"
Returning to the long galley kitchen Morris shows us a huge collection of buttons. They're framed in large displays under glass. "We had to put them under glass," he explains. "Back in the Seventies a family visited us and the teenage son stole a set of zodiac buttons. That was big back then."
I asked if they ever got them back. "Oh sure, their name was in the guestbook- address and all. We wrote them a letter and they mailed them back to us a few weeks later."
Cimarron Heritage Center
1300 N Cimarron (Highway 287)
Mon-Sat 10:00 to 4:00 (closed for lunch noon to 1:00)