Frank Lloyd Wright House Moves to the Hamptons
It's been a long road for architects Sharon and Lawrence Tarantino of Tarantino Architect and their connection to the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Bachman Wilson House in Millstone, N.J. After painstakingly convincing the third owners of the house they finally acquired the 3-bed, 4.5 bath, 3,200-square-foot home on two acres along the Millstone River, in 1988. In dire need of repair at that point, the Tarantinos lovingly labored to restore the house to its original glory, all the while keeping the famed architect's original design in mind. After all this, they've decided to find it a new location in Sagaponac, N.Y., in the Hamptons; and it's selling for $5 million.
A little background on the house -- original owners Abraham Wilson and Gloria Bachman (hence the home's name) commissioned Lloyd Wright to design the house in 1954. The structure is an excellent example of the architect's Usonian style, which makes the owner feel at one with nature. The seamless design, open floor plan, horizontal and vertical planes, a wall of glass, seamless flow between the main and guest house and the fact that it's set within the natural surroundings, away from the main road, are all signature features that made the famed architect the respected legend.
It's that legendary style and respect of nature and, unfortunately, the constant flooding problems the home has experienced that played a role in the decision by the Tarantinos to relocate the home to the Hamptons.