On Feb 26 the chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, Rep. Dave Camp (R-MI), released a discussion draft tax reform bill that calls for the repeal of the Federal Historic Rehabilitation Tax Credit. This tax credit is perhaps the most important and successful federal financial incentive for the preservation and adaptive reuse of income-producing historic properties.
The Winslow House (1893) in River Forest, Illinois, is iconic. The elegant symmetry of the Sullivanesque street façade and distinctive leaded glass characterize Wright’s first independent commission at age 26. Wright called it “the first ‘prairie house’.” On the market now for the first time in 57 years, the house has been owned by five families during its 120 year history, and the fifth family recently welcomed back the offspring of the original owner, William Herman Winslow.
The Bachman Wilson House (Wright 1954) in Millstone, New Jersey, has a new owner. Soon it will also have a new home… in the Ozarks.
Battered by previous floods and threatened with increased frequency and intensity of flooding from the nearby Millstone River, the Bachman Wilson House was offered for sale in 2012 by the longtime owners, architect Lawrence Tarantino AIA and Sharon Tarantino, with the stipulation that the house be relocated to a new site. Instead of possibly moving the house to Fiesole, Italy, as once reported in the New York Times, the building will instead be disassembled, packed into containers and travel down half a dozen interstates before reaching its final destination of Bentonville, Arkansas, and the campus of the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art.