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FLW Bachman-Wilson House acquired by Crystal Bridges Museum

February 16, 2014

In January Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art announced its acquisition of the Bachman-Wilson House, a Frank Lloyd Wright Usonian home threatened by repeated flooding on its site along the Millstone River in New Jersey. The house will be disassembled and transported to the museum’s 120-acre grounds in Bentonville, AR, where after its reassembly it will be accessible for study and limited tours and programming. Crystal Bridges executive director Rod Bigelow: “The Usonian concept was intended to provide access to architectural quality for all families, which melds well with our philosophy of welcoming all to view American masterworks in our natural setting.”

The sale comes after a multi-year effort by its former owners, architects Sharon and Lawrence Tarantino, to find a buyer willing to relocate the concrete-and-mahogany structure to an appropriate and safer context, going so far as to devise a detailed dismantle and reassembly plan. When we last reported on the house in March 2013 the Tarantinos were in talks with an Italian buyer who was interested in relocating it to a hilltop town near Florence.

“Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art Acquires a Rare Frank Lloyd Wright House” Press Release (January 14, 2014)

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