Bachman House by FLW included on “NJ 10 Most Endangered List”
May 31, 2011
Each year Preservation New Jersey releases a list of 10 historic resources that are imminently threatened. The 2011 list includes the Bachman Wilson House, designed in 1954 by Frank Lloyd Wright—one of only four documented Wright houses in New Jersey. Typical of his Usonian homes, Wright designed a compact house with dramatic cantilevered roofs and balconies. Its open plan and soaring window walls maximize natural light and make the house seem larger than its actual dimensions. The glass walls also afford Wright’s signature feel of being close to nature–in this case, arguably too close. The property lies in a floodplain and has seen repeated inundation by the very river that defines the site. Contending with increasingly frequent floods, the owners, who have spent 23 years painstakingly restoring the home to Wright’s original scheme, are considering selling the house after relocating it to a lot in the “Houses at Sagaponac” development in New York or to another site. Preservation New Jersey advocates that all site modifications be fully explored before separating the house from its original context.