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FLW home in NJ headed for Italy

March 23, 2013

A year ago we published news that Frank Lloyd Wright’s Bachman-Wilson House, located on the banks of the Millstone River in NJ, was available for purchase to a buyer who was prepared to dismantle the house and reconstruct it on a suitable new site. The house’s sellers, architects Sharon and Lawrence Tarantino, concluded that the only way to save it from the river’s increasingly frequent flooding was to move it to a safer site. This month it was announced that a prospective buyer has been found: an Italian architect wants to bring it to Fiesole, a hilltop town near Florence, where Frank Lloyd Wright once lived. Dismantling and reassembling the concrete and mahogany structure isn’t likely to be a big challenge as the Tarantinos, who know the house intimately, want to oversee the reconstruction process. If the sale goes through, its relocation will leave New Jersey with just two Frank Lloyd Wright residences to call its own.

“Frank Lloyd Wright house for sale, if you can get it home,” The Guardian (February 23, 2013)

Bachman-Wilson House, Frank Lloyd Wright, Millstone, NJ, 1954. Image courtesy Tarantino Studio