The Bachman Wilson house , a usonian built in 1954, has made Preservation New Jersey’s list of 10 Most Endangered Historic Places in New Jersey .
In this case, the culprit is not neglect or a John-Galt-wannabe developer, but the home’s location on a flood plain. Since 1988, the home has had an award-winning restoration (including a Wright Spirit Award in 2008). But repeated flooding in the Millstone River Basin has even preservationists questioning the viability of the houses location.
Citing their protracted battle with floodwaters, the owners recently announced that they are considering putting the house on the market after relocating it to a lot in Houses at Sagaponac, an “in progress” development of modern residences in Sagaponack, New York. However, according to Preservation New Jersey they are open to other potential relocation sites.
“Anytime a building is removed from its original setting, it loses context, negatively impacting its historic integrity,” according to Preservation New Jersey’s statement. “Not acting to protect the house in the near future will jeopardize its long-term survival. We hope that all means of saving this landmark on or near its current site may not yet be exhausted.”
“If relocation is the only viable course of action, this distinctive building, the work of one of the twentieth century’s greatest architects, should remain on a site as comparable as possible to the original in setting, orientation, and geography,” the group concluded.