Wright Home to Open to Public at Crystal Bridges This Fall

Crystal Bridge Museum of American Art
Aerial view of Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, designed by Safdie Architects; photography by Timothy Hursley. Courtesy of Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville, Arkansas.

The Associated Press, August 27, 2015

BENTONVILLE, Ark. (AP) — Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art says a home designed by architect Frank Lloyd Wright that was moved to northwest Arkansas from New Jersey will open to the public in November.

The Bentonville-based museum says the Bachman-Wilson house will open Nov. 11. The museum acquired the home in 2013 and the entire structure was taken apart and brought to northwest Arkansas. The home was then reassembled on the grounds of Crystal Bridges.

The museum says the home is an example of Wright's classic Usonian architecture, which was his distinctly American style of residential architecture that he developed during the Great Depression. Crystal Bridges says the Usonian homes were simpler and lower-cost than Wright's more elaborate, highly customized homes.

About 120 Usonian homes were built.


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