Art Expeditions


Virtual Tour-Crystal Bridges Frank Lloyd Wright Bachman-Wilson House

Join us for a guided, virtual architectural tour exploring the Bachman-Wilson House located on the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art campus. This house, an example of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Usonian architecture, was initially built for Gloria and Abraham Wilson in 1956 along the Millstone River in New Jersey. Wright coined the word “Usonian” (derived from an abbreviation of “United States of North America” blended with “utopian”) to describe a distinctly American style of residential architecture he designed to meet the needs of the average middle-class American family and also be within their budget. 
After being restored following several bouts of severe flooding and future threats of worse if left in its original location, in 2013 Crystal Bridges acquired the house. The entire structure was then taken apart, with each component labeled, packed, and moved to the museum, where it was reconstructed in 2015. 
Museum guides will lead us through the Bachman-Wilson House’s distinct mid-century modern design, full of sleek mahogany wood, and many design features seen in Wright’s other homes such as the modular, elongated layout, and use of building materials and siting which epitomize the connection between art, architecture, and nature. 

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Flexible format: Join us in person to watch the virtual presentation or online. If you participate online, we recommend the use of speakers or a headset for the best sound quality.

This virtual trip is a collaborative effort between Community Education and Giertz Gallery to assist with art exhibits and programming.