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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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  • A beautiful house sits atop a hill in the middle of Hollywood. Built before the Hollywood sign or Griffith Observatory were built, but beautiful views of both. The house is intricate on both the insid...  more »
  • If you are a fan of FLW and/or "California Romanza" architecture, do stop by. But prepare to see only a few rooms, dazzling and daunting though they are. The imposing exterior reflects Mayan to space ...  more »
  • A small, private house, donated to the City and open for viewing. Friendly, knowledgeable docents. Bedrooms not open and kitchen only viewable from afar. Spend about half an hour there. An adjacent st...  more »
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  • Awesome place. From here you get a great view of Hollywood sign. The house is a very interesting work by Frank Lloyd Wright. You cannot take pictures of the inside and cannot touch anything (they take it very seriously)
  • The house is beautifully restored. It's true that there are roped off areas but what most visitors complaining about only seeing a small portion of the house don't realize is that there are only 3 rooms you can't see, compared with the 8+ that you can. What you can see: foyer, dining room, music room, loggia, living room, library, conservatory, and limited views of the kitchen and gallery. What you can't see: master bedroom suite and child's bedroom. Doesn't sound like "98%" blocked off to me.
  • Beautiful place. The house itself was closed for renovation but the park let me walk around the buildings.
  • Visited on 10/3/2016. Adult ticket 7$ self tour. 40% of the house are not open to public because not handicapped assessable yet. Plan coming back again in 2017.
  • Lovely views! Beautiful restoration- but very small areas open for the public. Self guided tour, didn't take much timeto finish, but the docents were plentiful and knowledgeable.