As a volunteer house guide, he donates much time and energy to Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville, AR, about 1.5 hours south of our home. The benefits are many:
- EDUCATION. Kelly has been studying Frank Lloyd Wright and his designs for decades. To learn all about the Wright house that was moved from New Jersey to Bentonville, Kelly was required to pass an intensive 5-month training program, complete with lectures, readings, writing assignments. He loved it.
- INSPIRATION. We are often inside this Usonian home and enjoy the designs that make it so special. We especially like built-in light fixtures and built-in furniture, open floor plans, and common motifs that tie rooms together such as consistent lighting or continuous flooring. We are inspired in the renovation of our own home.
- SHARING WITH FRIENDS. The biggest benefit of all is that the Bachman-Wilson house is a draw to friends. Of the 49,000 people who have visited the house since opening day, .05% are our friends who have come from afar to go on one of Kelly's tours. And if we are really lucky, they come back home with us for a longer visit.
We don't have a photo of everyone who made the trip, but the flags on the map below represent the home towns of those who joined us in Bentonville. (Unfortunately, Brooklyn, NY had to be omitted from the map for purposes of scale.)
Yours in sharing the Bachman-Wilson house with friends,