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Hollyhock House, Los Angeles

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3.9/5 based on 70+ reviews on the web
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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  • The docent was worth enthusiastic, so informed, so into the house, history, neighborhood, architecture. He knew about the Barnsdall family, Frank Lloyd Wright and the history of how the Holly...  read more »
  • A bit ridiculous to pay $7 for what this house visit is. You cant even see the whole house! The fence around the house is also a poor choice. Just a cheap looking metal fence that looks temporary as o...  read more »
  • Spent a Friday evening at Hollyhock House a Frank Lloyd Wright house in Hollywood. The tour was great and informative and the wine tasting was a blast. The lawn on the west side of the home was filled...  read more »
  • 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.
  • Quaint little Wright house, beautifully renovated, but overall quite a disappointing visit. Got a $70 tour and although the docent was decent, I don't think the four rooms one can actually visit are worth this money. The bedrooms cannot be visited, not to mention kitchen and whole gallery upstairs - the later are restored but apparently not wheelchair accessible, which makes for a ridiculous reason. No photography inside is also silly, especially as there are no postcards or booklets with room photos available.
  • 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.
  • Beautiful and interesting home except 98% of it is blocked off... You get to see three rooms. The claim is that the city won't let them open up the rest of it because it's not wheelchair accessible... Sounds like BS.
  • Art speaks by its self, .... And this house screams LOVE.
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