Built in 1954, the Bachman Wilson House bears Wright’s signature cantilevered balcony, and a second story which is rare in Usonian house design. The house fell into disrepair until the Tarantinos, both architects, bought it in 1988, completely restoring it according to Wright’s drawings, and have inhabited the home since.
But with climate change, so comes flooding, and the site of the Bachman Wilson house has been susceptible to water damage. In an effort to preserve Wright’s heritage, the Tarantinos first tried to move the home to New York. The sale fell through, so they turned to Italy, contacting Italian architect Paolo Bulletti, who staged a Wright exhibition in Fiesole in 2010.
With Bulletti acting as their agent, the couple is seeking around $1.5 million for the home, plus the cost of moving the home to Italy. The Tarantinos have agreed that Fiesole is an appropriate choice, as the Bachman Wilson house was designed just after Wright returned from a second trip to the small town.
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