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The Bachman-Wilson House: On the Road

Truck Side  Photo provided by J.B. Hunt Transport Inc.
Th Bachman-Wilson house at its previous location. Photo TarantinoSTUDIO © 2014

The Bachman-Wilson house at its previous location. Photo TarantinoSTUDIO © 2014

This past January, Crystal Bridges acquired a rare Frank Lloyd Wright house, known as the Bachman-Wilson House. In order to best preserve the architecturally significant structure, which had previously been exposed to repeat flooding, it was determined that the house would have to be relocated. After careful deliberation, a location on Crystal Bridges’ grounds overlooking Crystal Spring was selected to be the future site of the Bachman-Wilson House.

Over the past three months, a specialized contractor and his team have meticulously disassembled by the 1954 Usonian house along with all of its custom fixtures and furniture.  The most recent owners, architect/designer team Lawrence and Sharon Tarantino, oversaw the packing of the building components as they were carefully dismantled and loaded into two shipping containers. Today, those containers hit the road!

Bachman-Wilson House disassembly in progress. Photo TarantinoSTUDIO © 2014

Bachman-Wilson House disassembly in progress. Photo TarantinoSTUDIO © 2014

One container holding fragile components—doors, fixtures, and furniture—will be shipped to Northwest Arkansas by truck. The other container will be traveling via intermodal transportation—a fast and secure shipping method which utilizes both trucks and trains.

Intermodal Liveload Photo provided by J.B. Hunt Transport Inc.

Intermodal Liveload Photo provided by J.B. Hunt Transport Inc.

Arkansas-based J.B. Hunt Transport, Inc. has donated its services to transport the Bachman-Wilson House to Bentonville.

“We are honored to be a part of such a monumental effort to save one of America’s truly iconic structures,” said John Roberts, President and CEO of J.B. Hunt Transport, Inc. “We are pleased the house will settle within our area’s natural beauty and provide such valuable educational opportunities.”

The containers are scheduled to arrive in the area next week, at which time, site preparation and assembly will commence. The Museum’s goal is to have the Bachman-Wilson House completely reconstructed in early 2015.

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