Out and About Wright:
The Bachman-Wilson House and Fay Jones' Ozark Modernism
Northwest Arkansas
April 15-17, 2016

Frank Lloyd Wright’s Bachman-Wilson House (1954), a rare two-story Usonian originally built in Millstone, New Jersey, is enjoying its second life in a region rich with the work of one of Wright’s most prolific and accomplished apprentices, Euine Fay Jones (1921-2004), the AIA Gold Medal-winning architect and Arkansas native whose distinctive brand of organic architecture has been called Ozark Modernism. See the Bachman-Wilson House at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, learn about the preservation issues surrounding its move through panel discussions and visit seven works by Fay Jones on the Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy’s annual Out and About Wright tour.

>>>Click here to register online. The deadline to register is March 24.

Embassy Suites Northwest Arkansas Hotel & Spa (3303 Pinnacle Hills Parkway) is a 15-minute taxi ride from Northwest Arkansas Regional Airport (XNA) in Rogers, Arkansas.
Stay at the special rate of $125/night when you call 479.254.8400 by March 24 and mention the group code FLW. A full breakfast is included in the rate. A number of restaurants are located nearby, and the hotel offers a shuttle within a five-mile radius.

Saturday, April 16
We depart from the Embassy Suites Hotel at 8 a.m. for an early visit to Fay Jones’ most famous work, Thorncrown Chapel (1979) in Eureka Springs, named by the AIA as one of the top 10 buildings of the 20th century. Next we’ll drive to Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville, designed by Moshe Safdie and opened in 2011, for a guided tour focused on the museum’s architecture, a buffet lunch and a tour of the Bachman-Wilson House (1954), which was relocated to the museum’s campus to save it from repeated flooding. Then we’ll head to the museum’s Great Hall for a panel discussion on the preservation of the Bachman-Wilson House with previous owners Sharon and Lawrence Tarantino, Professor Richard Longstreth and others, as well as a panel on the architectural heritage of the Ozarks that will provide an introduction to Jones. JUST ADDED! After leaving Crystal Bridges we will tour one of Jones' most spectacular houses, the Joe and Melba Applegate House (1966) in Bentonville.

Friday, April 15
Leadership Circle and Conservancy board members are invited to a private buffet dinner at Fay Jones’ Bella Vista Village Country Club (1967), a spacious multi-level building with 600 tons of native stone. We depart from the Embassy Suites at 4:30 p.m. After dinner, we will attend a special keynote presentation at Crystal Bridges by acclaimed architects Tod Williams and Billie Tsien, the duo behind New York City’s American Folk Art Museum, which was built in 2001 and controversially demolished in 2014.

Members who aren't Leadership Circle or board may still take more time to view Crystal Bridges’ collection spanning five centuries of American art by registering for transportation departing from the hotel at 4 p.m. and returning after the Williams/Tsien keynote at approximately 8 p.m. Museum admission and a ticket to the keynote are included. Dinner may be purchased at the museum’s Eleven restaurant. Space is limited.

Sunday, April 17
We depart from the Embassy Suites at 8 a.m. for tours of five Fay Jones houses, including the Glenn and Alma Parsons House (1961), one of Jones’ most spectacular residences and still occupied by the original owner; the architect’s own Euine Fay and Mary Elizabeth Jones House (1955); the Sequoyah Project (1956), designed as a low-cost spec house; the Joe Marsh and Maxine Clark House (1959), which drew considerable attention to Jones’ work upon its publication in House Beautiful; and the Dr. Carie and Marjorie Buckley House (1967), one of Jones’ largest early residential designs. The afternoon will include a brief tour of the award-winning Steven L. Anderson Design Center (2013) at the University of Arkansas, designed by Marlon Blackwell, and lunch at historic Vol Walker Hall, home to the Fay Jones School of Architecture. We will drop outgoing passengers at Northwest Arkansas Regional Airport at approximately 3:30 p.m. before returning to the hotel at approximately 4 p.m.
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