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EdMc 04-06-2016 04:53 AM

An Early Affordable House
 
Founder, Alice Walton, daughter of Sam Walton of Walmart fame, has built the beautiful Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville, Arkansas, which opened in 2011.

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Designed by Moshe Safdie
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restaurant (no flash photography allowed)
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On the floor are free mints to eat. They do look pretty as a carpet.
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One jewel Ms. Walton has collected is a Usonian home, the 1954 Bachman-Wilson, that was disassembled at its original site in Somerset County, New Jersey, and reassembled on the Museum grounds, opening to the public in the fall of 2015.

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I like Mr. Wright's placement of artistic adornment, or fretwork, on the upper windows.

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Did you know (you probably did) that Frank Lloyd Wright, during the Great Depression, designed the Usonian homes to be affordable for the middle class? (Forgive the image quality.)

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Missed the tour
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New York Times
Real Estate
August 18, 2017
"How to Sell a Frank Lloyd Wright House"

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An illustrated guide to Frank Lloyd Wright
Get to know the architect’s signature buildings
BY KELSEY KEITH JUN 8, 2017, 8:18AM EDT
ILLUSTRATIONS BY JULIA ROTHMAN
"For Frank Lloyd Wright's 150th birthday, ..."
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From a terrific feature piece highlighting some of the greatest American design
ideas for buildings, homes, parks and towns:

Mr. Wright’s Robie House

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The Museum is in the scenic Ozark Mountains and has several nature trails.
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Bentonville downtown square and the Walton Museum, Walton's first five and dime. His first Walmart store is in neighboring Rogers, Arkansas.
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statler 04-07-2016 12:38 PM

Re: An Early Affordable House
 
Like Alanis, I'm a little fuzzy on the true definition of ironic but I think one of the richest people in the world buying a Usonian house and making it a museum that nobody lives in might qualify?

Beton Brut 04-07-2016 03:44 PM

Re: An Early Affordable House
 
^ Quite so.

IIRC, Wright's Gordon House (in Oregon) bears some familial resemblance to the Bachman-Wilson House, the key difference being the orientation of the upstairs bedrooms.

lapradetom 04-11-2016 08:44 PM

Re: An Early Affordable House
 
I've heard about this Usonian/FLW home in Amherst, MA but hadn't seen it before, until I came upon this site. Hope other's enjoy it if they haven't seen this before. artfuse.org/1302941/fuse-visual-arts-feature-visitng-the-only-frank-lloyd-wright-building-in-ma/

Beton Brut 04-11-2016 09:46 PM

Re: An Early Affordable House
 
The Baird House is an excellent early "in-line Usonian." Its a slightly larger version of the Goetsch-Winckler House in Okemos, MI. I'm pleased to know it's in good hands.

lapradetom 04-11-2016 10:07 PM

Re: An Early Affordable House
 
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Originally Posted by Beton Brut (Post 259816)
The Baird House is an excellent early "in-line Usonian." Its a slightly larger version of the Goetsch-Winckler House in Okemos, MI. I'm pleased to know it's in good hands.

^Yes, very good news. (Sorry I couldn't post the actual link-I don't know how to do that) I doubt they offer tours, but I'd love to see the place if they did! ...I checked streetview on Google earth, but the house is not even visible from the street. That Artfuse piece "gets us inside", so that was even better. :) Very interesting read also. His quest for simplicity turned out to be anything but for the builders.


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