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Hollyhock House, Los Angeles

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The Aline Barnsdall Hollyhock House is a building in the East Hollywood neighborhood of Los Angeles, California, originally designed by Frank Lloyd Wright as a residence for oil heiress Aline Barnsdall, built in 1919–1921. The building is now the centerpiece of the city's Barnsdall Art Park.HistoryBarnsdall originally intended the house to be part of an arts and theater complex on a property known as Olive Hill, but the larger project was never completed. This was Wright's second project in California, and, atypically for Wright, he was not able to personally supervise much of the construction due to his preoccupation with designing the Imperial Hotel in Japan at the time. He delegated many of the responsibilities involved in designing the house to his assistant, Rudolph Schindler, and his son, Lloyd Wright.Disillusioned by the costs of construction and maintenance, Barnsdall donated the house to the city of Los Angeles in 1927 under the stipulation that a fifteen-year lease be given to the California Art Club for its headquarters, which it maintained until 1942. The house has been used as an art gallery and as a United Service Organizations (USO) facility over the years. Beginning in 1974, the city sponsored a series of restorations, but the structure was damaged in the 1994 Northridge earthquake. It was again restored, and was open to the public as of June 2005.
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  • An unexpected oasis of serenity atop bustling Hollywood hills. Loved reading / hearing from very knowledgeable docents about the history of the place. And especially loved the geometric interpretation...  more »
  • Who could imagine such a serene setting in the middle of a busy East Hollywood neighborhood? Barnsdall Park is a hilly oasis surrounded by franchises. Once you park and walk to the Hollyhock House, yo...  more »
  • A fine Frank Lloyd Wright house, sensitively restored, that one can easily imagine inhabiting. FLW's sense of space, of enclosure and exposure are on full display here, along with superb ornamentation...  more »
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  • Such an interesting building. So much history here. One of my favorite museums, definitely check it out. Always call to make sure they are open and doing tours before making the drive. Highly recommend this place.
  • Love finally seeing a Frank Lloyd wright home in person. My new effort it's to see them all. I got a lot out of my architecture appreciation course at OCC. I think it's time to go back and finish my associates degree.
  • Must see. It's a really important early, FLW masterpiece.
  • Well kept, inexpensive, and gorgeous. LA before all the trash moved in. LA before anyone moved in. Classy, fun to tour, and conveniently located. Where else can you walk around a Frank Lloyd Wright? I mean, aside from Pennsylvania
  • Very short tour and every section is heavily guarded/chained. Not need more than 10 min. Disappointed!