Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art has acquired a rare Frank Lloyd Wright house, known as the Bachman Wilson House. Originally built in 1954 along the Millstone River in New Jersey, the house was purchased by architect/designer team Lawrence and Sharon Tarantino in 1988 and meticulously restored. Over the decades, however, the river encroached upon the property, causing flooding which threatened the preservation of the historic structure.
The Tarantinos determined that selling the house to an institution willing to relocate it was the best option for its preservation. After a multi-year search for a purchaser, Crystal Bridges acquired the home in 2013, complete with all its interior fixtures and furnishings. The building is being disassembled and moved to Bentonville, where it will be reassembled at a site on Crystal Bridges’ 120-acre grounds, overlooking Crystal Spring.
The Bachman Wilson House is a work of art in simplicity and form, representing Wright’s organic design philosophy. The architecture reflects Wright’s “Usonian” period: during which the architect strove to design a distinctly American style of housing that was accessible and affordable to all, while still reflecting Wright’s principles regarding integration with nature, quality of materials, and openness of design.
At Crystal Bridges, the house will be available for study as well as for limited programming and tours, beginning in the spring of 2015.
UPDATE: Reconstruction of the Bachman Wilson House
Here on our website, we are tracking the progress of the Bachman Wilson House’s reconstruction at Crystal Bridges with regular photo and video updates. Check back regularly to stay abreast of this exciting historic project! You can learn more about the acquisition of the Bachman Wilson House here.
Fay Jones School of Architecture
Crystal Bridges and the Fay Jones School of Architecture at the University of Arkansas are collaborating on a special project relating to the relocation of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Bachman Wilson House to the Museum grounds. Students of the school are working collectively to design and construct a guest pavilion near the future site of the house. The pavilion will serve as an observation point during construction, and later as a center for information regarding this and other architecture projects at Crystal Bridges.
Photography: TarantinoSTUDIO © 2014