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Bachman Wilson House Collection

 Collection
Identifier: M2013.001

Scope and Contents

Collection includes original architectural blueprints, photographs, and client correspondence between Frank Lloyd Wright and the Bachman-Wilson family.

Dates

  • Issued: Majority of material found within 1949 - 1955

Creator

Access

Please call (479) 418-5748 or fill out the request form in the collection record at least two weeks in advance to ensure availability of materials.

Conditions Governing Access

Copyright restrictions apply.

Conditions Governing Use Note

Notification of intent to publish, quote, or cite archival materials is required. Please contact: library@crystalbridges.org. The collection is the physical property of Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art (CBMAA). Other rights, including copyright belong to the authors and their legal heirs and assigns. For further information please contact CBMAA library.

Historical Information

Known as the Bachman-Wilson House, this structure is an example of Frank Lloyd Wright’s classic Usonian architecture.This house was originally built for Gloria and Abraham Wilson in 1956 along the Millstone River in New Jersey. It was subsequently purchased by architect/designer team Lawrence and Sharon Tarantino in 1988 and meticulously restored. When the house was threatened by repeated flooding at its original location, the Tarantinos determined that, in order to preserve it, they should sell the house to an institution willing to relocate it. After the Tarantinos conducted a multi-year search for a suitable institution, Crystal Bridges acquired the house in 2013. The entire structure was then taken apart and each component was labeled, packed, and moved to the museum, where it was reconstructed in 2015.

The Bachman-Wilson House contains a distinct mid-century modern design, full of sleek mahogany wood which allows the house to flow with Frank Lloyd Wright’s tell-tale elongated layout, epitomizing the connection between art, architecture and nature.

Extent

9 Linear Feet (2 Boxes)

12 Sheets

Language of Materials

English

Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin

Repository Details

Part of the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art Archives Repository

Contact:
600 Museum Way
Bentonville AR 72712 United States
(479) 418-5748