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Bachman-Wilson House Update
House being constructed

Bachman-Wilson House Update

Architecture Nature & Outdoor

Anyone who has visited Crystal Bridges’ South Lawn in the past few weeks has observed the back wall of the Bachman-Wilson House as it has gradually risen into view over…

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AIA Gold Medalists at Crystal Bridges
Moshe Safdie

AIA Gold Medalists at Crystal Bridges

Architecture

Yesterday, a group of students from the Fay Jones School of Architecture at the University of Arkansas were on the grounds, installing a pavilion they have designed and built especially…

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Bachman-Wilson House Update: Phase 1 into Phase 2
Bulldozer moving stones to create retaining wall

Bachman-Wilson House Update: Phase 1 into Phase 2

Architecture
If you have walked the Tulip Tree Trail or been out to the Museum’s South Lawn this summer, you have likely seen and heard the ongoing preparations for construction of…
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Thelma and Louise
Pair of Tulip Poplar trees on edge of construction site

Thelma and Louise

Architecture Culinary Nature & Outdoor
Are you familiar with Thelma and Louise?  No, not the 1991 film starring Susan Sarandon and Geena Davis.  I'm talking about Crystal Bridges' version. Thelma and Louise are  two particular trees on…
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The Bachman-Wilson House: One Piece at a Time
Inside a warehouse with building materials laid out

The Bachman-Wilson House: One Piece at a Time

Architecture Nature & Outdoor
Whatever obstacles present themselves during the reconstruction process, the architectural and engineering experts working on the project will find solutions befitting a historically significant structure such as this.  Conservation, quality,…
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The Bachman-Wilson House: Arrival in Arkansas
Group of people unloading a semi truck while another semi truck backs in

The Bachman-Wilson House: Arrival in Arkansas

Architecture
On Tuesday afternoon, April 22, two trucks arrived at a storage facility in Northwest Arkansas, transporting with them the structural contents of a 1954 Usonian house designed by renowned architect…
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James Turrell and Josef Albers: Color Theory at Work in the Skyspace
Orange rectangle with small blue rectangle in the middle

James Turrell and Josef Albers: Color Theory at Work in the Skyspace

Architecture At the Museum
“Red,” “green,” “blue,” and “yellow” are like points on a compass. We describe our visual perception using these words, but when do we truly see what they represent? We always…
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The Bachman-Wilson House: On the Road
Semi truck parked

The Bachman-Wilson House: On the Road

Architecture
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…
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The Bachman-Wilson House: Selecting the Site
Architecture plans showing placement of house

The Bachman-Wilson House: Selecting the Site

Architecture Nature & Outdoor
Crystal Bridges recently acquired the Bachman-Wilson House, a 1954 Usonian House designed by architect Frank Lloyd Wright. After repeat flooding at the structure’s original site next to the Millstone River…
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Exploring Architecture: What’s Up with the Roofs?
Ceiling beams in Eleven being put into place

Exploring Architecture: What’s Up with the Roofs?

Architecture

Finally, there is the roof on top of the Museum Store, where there is no copper to be seen. The top of the Store is simple and unobtrusive when compared…

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The Portfolios of Frank Lloyd Wright
Sijistan House for John Nesbit

The Portfolios of Frank Lloyd Wright

Architecture Library Volunteer Spotlight

Today’s post is brought to you by guest blogger Kirk Dandridge, Jr., MD.  Kirk is a retired surgeon and a current architecture buff and volunteer in Crystal Bridges’ Library.  In…

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The Bachman-Wilson House: What is a Usonian House?
Frank Lloyd Wright Wilson-Bachman House exterior

The Bachman-Wilson House: What is a Usonian House?

Architecture

The recently acquired Bachman-Wilson House, designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, is a classic example of what Wright called a “Usonian House.”  The word Usonian was coined by James Duff Law,…

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Exploring Architecture: Four Amazing Facts about Crystal Bridges’ Building Materials
Alternating bands of concrete and wood

Exploring Architecture: Four Amazing Facts about Crystal Bridges’ Building Materials

Architecture

Constructed between 2006 and 2011, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art is a truly amazing structure. The 200,000 square foot Museum sits at the base of a ravine with water…

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Crystal Bridges Acquires Frank Lloyd Wright House
Frank Lloyd Wright Bachman-Wilson House exterior

Crystal Bridges Acquires Frank Lloyd Wright House

Architecture Art & Collection Nature & Outdoor

Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art has acquired a rare Frank Lloyd Wright Usonian house, known as the Bachman-Wilson House, located in the Borough of Millstone in Somerset County, N.J.…

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Art and Architecture: The Tulip Tree Shelter
The Tulip Tree Shelter

Art and Architecture: The Tulip Tree Shelter

Architecture
For those who frequent the trails and attend programs on the Museum’s grounds you may be familiar with the unique structure located on the Tulip Tree Trail about 300 yards…
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