Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville said Wednesday that it has acquired a Frank Lloyd Wright Usonian house, known as the Bachman Wilson House, in Somerset County, N.J. The museum plans to move the house to the museum grounds in Bentonville.
The house is now in Borough of Millstone in Somerset County, N.J. It was built in 1954 along the Millstone River, which over the past decades has begun to threaten the home.
Site preparation will begin this spring. The museum hopes to complete the project by "early 2015."
Crystal Bridges said The Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy of Chicago and the Borough of Millstone Historic District Commission in Millstone, N.J.. both support the plan. The museum did not disclose financial details of the deal. In February, the house was on the market for $1.5 million.
"Due to repeated flooding, the house has sustained significant damage and relocation has been recommended as a means of best preserving the structure," the museum said in a news release. "The owners conducted a multi-year search for a purchaser that could provide an appropriate setting and context for the historic building. Crystal Bridges has now acquired the home, which will be disassembled and moved to Bentonville. There, it will be reassembled on Crystal Bridges’ 120-acre grounds."
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