How lucky can you get? With so many uniquely fascinating adventures to enjoy on this one-time only SpecTAPular Southern Rendezvous, how can you possibly NOT plan to go? One that I found most interesting is touring the recently transported and lovingly put back together, Bachman-Wilson House – a Frank Lloyd Wright Usonian house— one of only 120 of these homes constructed in the U.S. While Wright designed many custom homes, his Usonian plans were simple, lower-cost houses designed for the average middle-class American family. Originally built in 1954 in Milford New Jersey, the entire structure was taken apart and each component was labeled, packed, and loaded into two trucks. After its 1,235 mile journey, the Bachman-Wilson House arrived (in pieces) in Northwest Arkansas in April, 2014. I don’t know about you, but I often have trouble with a thousand piece puzzle, I can’t even imagine what it must be like to put a whole house back together!
Usonian houses share three characteristics: dominant horizontal lines, flat roofs with large overhangs and standardized natural materials — in this case, concrete, mahogany and glass. Most were single-story structures, although some, like Bachman-Wilson, are two stories. The Frank Lloyd Wright house is now situated a short distance from the Crystal Bridges Museum’s south entrance, with views overlooking the native woodlands and Crystal Spring.
What makes this home so spectacular is the exaggeration of the horizontal lines that gives you, the observer, whether standing in the living room or gazing up from outside, the feeling of experiencing the expression of a single, unified architectural thought. Its most prominent feature is a five-plank-wide mahogany band that wraps around one end of the outer structure, giving its two upstairs bedrooms mirrored balconies, and cuts through the interior to form an indoor balcony overlooking the living room.
Be sure to look closely at what at first may be somewhat obscure. It is only with close scrutiny that the exquisite detailing, its elegant material contrasts, and its age—betrayed by a minuscule scuff on a kitchen cabinet or a dated heating vent—come into focus- one word – magnificent. For certain, the finished home falls within a charming margin of Wright’s perfection and although it looks simple, there’s so much detail in it, it’s not nearly as simple as it appears. The perfect alignment is spectacular. Opened to the public in November 2015, this is one of many very special destinations that our SpecTAPular Interlude offers.
Please read the complete itinerary and plan to join this extraordinary tour that is a guaranteed winner.
Eadie, Interlude Blog Team
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