Bachman-Wilson House

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Bachman Wilson House
Bachman-Wilson House is located in Somerset County, New Jersey
Bachman-Wilson House
General information
Type House
Architectural style Usonian
Location Millstone, New Jersey
Coordinates 40°30′00″N 74°35′15″W / 40.500036°N 74.587411°W / 40.500036; -74.587411Coordinates: 40°30′00″N 74°35′15″W / 40.500036°N 74.587411°W / 40.500036; -74.587411
Construction started 1954
Design and construction
Architect Frank Lloyd Wright

The Bachman Wilson house, in Millstone, in Somerset County, New Jersey, United States, was originally designed by Frank Lloyd Wright in 1954 for Abraham Wilson and his first wife, Gloria Bachman. Ms. Bachman's brother, Marvin, had studied with Wright at Taliesin West, his home and studio in Scottsdale, Arizona. In 2014 the house was acquired by the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville, Arkansas and has been relocated in its entirety to the museum's campus.[1]


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.

Sharon and Lawrence Tarantino[edit]

In 1988, Sharon and Lawrence Tarantino acquired the neglected Bachman Wilson House. Tarantino Architects has since guided the home's complete restoration and rebuilt the kitchen according to Wright's original drawings. Sharon and Lawrence Tarantino have received several awards for their restoration work, including the Wright Spirit Award.

The house was originally located along the Millstone River in Millstone Borough. It exemplifies Wright's "Usonian" philosophy and employs his early green building principles, including minimizing the size of the house and ancillary spaces, pioneering passive solar and radiant heat design, employing natural daylight and recycling construction waste. As its location was prone to flooding, the owners sought to relocate and rebuild it at a safer site in order to preserve it. [2] On January 15, 2014 the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville, Arkansas announced that it was acquiring the Bachman-Wilson house and have made plans to relocate the house in its entirety to the museum's campus.[3]



  1. ^ Ashley, Amanda. "Frank Lloyd Wright House dismantled, headed for new home at Crystal Bridges". NWA. Retrieved 23 July 2014. 
  2. ^ "Frank Lloyd Wright house on market for $1.5 million - but it must be moved". Daily Telegraph. 
  3. ^ "Frank Lloyd Wright". Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art. Retrieved 23 July 2014. 

See also[edit]

  • Storrer, William Allin. The Frank Lloyd Wright Companion. University Of Chicago Press, 2006, ISBN 0-226-77621-2 (S.366)
  • Kennedy-Grant, Philip S. "AIA New Jersey Guidebook". Rutgers University Press, 2012, ISBN 978-0-8135-5126-5

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