One of the highlights of my recent visit to NorthWest Arkansas was our trip to Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art. On a recent work trip, several of my colleagues and I took some time to visit. Since it was raining and almost closing time, we didn’t get to enjoy all that Crystal Bridges has to offer, but we did have just enough time to enjoy the architecture and gardens at the Frank Lloyd Wright Bachman-Wilson House.
Bachman-Wilson House at Crystal Bridges
Admittance to the Bachman-Wilson House is free, but tickets are typically required since space inside the house is limited. On the evening we arrived, we were able to spend a few minutes learning more about Frank Lloyd Wright’s architectural style and approach to design.
Known as the Bachman-Wilson House, this structure is an example of Frank Lloyd Wright’s classic Usonian architecture. The word “Usonian” was derived from an abbreviation of “United States of North America.” Wright created this term to describe a distinctly American style of residential architecture he developed during the Great Depression to be within the reach of the average middle-class American family.
The gardens are beautiful and well worth the time to stop and enjoy.
About Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art
The mission of Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art is to welcome all to celebrate the American spirit in a setting that unites the power of art with the beauty of nature. Crystal Bridges takes its name from a nearby natural spring and the bridge construction incorporated in the building, designed by world-renowned architect Moshe Safdie. A series of pavilions nestled around two spring-fed ponds house galleries, meeting and classroom spaces, and a large, glass-enclosed gathering hall. Guest amenities include a restaurant on a glass-enclosed bridge overlooking the ponds, a Museum Store designed by architect Marlon Blackwell, and a library featuring more than 50,000 volumes of art reference material. Sculpture and walking trails link the Museum’s 120-acre park to downtown Bentonville, Arkansas.
Even in the rain, Crystal Bridges is absolutely beautiful.
Have you ever visited Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art? What is your favorite part that I need to see next time I visit?