Frank Lloyd Wright’s Bachman Wilson House finds new home at Arkansas museum

Crystal Bridges Museum reconstructed the 61-year-old Usonian house and will open it to the public in November.

October 20, 2015 |
Frank Lloyd Wright’s Bachman Wilson House finds new locale at Arkansas museum

The Bachman Wilson House. All photos: Nancy Nolan Photography (Courtesy Crystal Bridges Museum).

After acquiring a Frank Lloyd Wright Usonian house, the Crystal Bridges Museum had to disassemble the New Jersey house, haul it 1,200 miles to its new Bentonville, Ark., location, and put the structure back together.

The museum has completed the difficult and meticulous task and is now set to show off its project. The Bachman Wilson House will open to the public on November 11.

A 2,000-sf, one-story home with no basement or attic, “the materials consist of concrete block, a Colorundum concrete mat, Philippine mahogany, ten feet high plate glass window wall, as well as perforated clerestory panels with the Samara design,” according to the house’s website.

During the Great Depression, Wright developed the idea of Usonian archicture. Taking the name from an altered abbreviation of “United States of North America,” the style was characterized by simple, low-cost houses meant for the middle class. Around 120 Usonian homes were built, including one for Gloria Bachman and Abraham Wilson in 1954 in New Jersey.

Despite a restoration 27 years ago, the house suffered from flooding from the nearby Millstone River. Crystal Bridges Museum purchased the home in 2013.


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