I'm a bit obsessed with real estate. Not buying it - just looking at it.
I think that comes from having a mom who was a real estate broker. Growing up, I always loved touring houses with her - and imagining how I would decorate and live in them. Even now, I regularly peruse StreetEasy for listings in our neighborhood - even though we love our 750 square feet on the Upper East Side.
So, it won't surprise you that the best part of my visit last week to the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art wasn't seeing the iconic paintings in the galleries (you can read about those here) or the sculpture-lined art trails that wind their way through the lush property.
My absolute favorite part was touring a 1956 Frank Lloyd Wright house that has been reconstructed on the property.
The house, known as the Bachman-Wilson House, was originally built in New Jersey. Crystal Bridges acquired it in 2013, after which the entire structure was dismantled and moved to the museum. It was reconstructed and opened to the public last year.
Here are a few highlights of the rooms that I saw. Since you can't take photos inside the house, these interior photos are from their web site.
The "hanging staircase" that greets you in the narrow entryway.
The living room. Of course, I had to check out the spines of the books on the shelves. (Confession: I'll do that at your house, too).
Of course, I couldn't help but scan the stacks of now "vintage" cookbooks that line the shelf above the dining table.
And finally - a kitchen with an amazing view into the woods.
Hop on over to their web site to see the main level guest room and tiny bath, plus the upstairs bedrooms and bath. You cannot go upstairs since - not surprisingly - that hanging staircase pictured above would probably not fare well with hundreds of people walking up and down it every day.
If you go, while admission to Crystal Bridges is free, you still have to reserve timed-entry tickets for the house. I recommend calling ahead or booking online, since during summer months, they may all be taken by the time you arrive. My dad went last week after reading about my visit (thanks for reading my blog, Dad!) - and while they enjoyed the museum and grounds, the house tours were fully booked.
As I toured the house - with its huge living room and walls of window that overlook the beautiful woods below, I was pretty much ready to move in. Of course, that means Scott and I would have a constant flow of people through our house each day, but I would be okay with that. I would even set out a tray of homemade cookies on that kitchen counter for you.