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Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Frank Lloyd Wright's Bachman-Wilson House at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art

One of the new exciting displays under construction at the Crystal Bridges Museum is the addition of the Bachman-Wilson House.  The museum acquired this Usonian house designed by world renowned architect Frank Lloyd Wright.

This is a rendering of the house circa 1954

This is a close up view of the model on display

This architectural model on display at the museum shows where the house will sit on the museum grounds.

On January 15, 2014 the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville, Arkansas announced that it was acquiring the Bachman-Wilson house and has made plans to relocate the house in its entirety to the museum grounds,

The house is slowly taking shape on the museum grounds.  This was as close as I could get.

This photo shows the house at its original home in Millstone New Jersey prior to relocation.  The front façade of concrete blocks has an almost fortress-like appearance to ensure privacy from the street. The house is built with Way-Lite concrete blocks and Philippine mahogany trim. It has a second story, rare in a Usonian house, with cantilevered balconies. The living room has a built-in banquette facing a wooded scene through a wall of 10 foot high glass panes, symbolizing a transcendental pew set before the altar of nature.

The public space is a dramatic focal point, with walls of glass and an open floor plan. Cut-out wooden panels of abstracted forms over 24 clerestory windows provide an unobtrusive yet restrained decorative touch to this lavish space. These recall Native American geometric motifs as well as stylized forms that may be based in nature. Construction was completed in 1956.

To see more about my trip to the Crystal Bridges Museum click HERE

1 comment:

  1. Hello troy,
    What a beautiful house. It is great that it will be preserved for generations to come.
    Big hug,