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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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  • August 14, 2017
    Inspiring treat to visit this inimitable home-never-lived-in, particularly intrigued by the water system to his gold-tiled moat in front of fireplace. Whoda thunk?! The volunteer docent Jennifer, an a...  more »
  • August 13, 2017
    The Hollyhock house is a beautiful building in Barnsdale Park. It was designed by Frank Lloyd Wright and it will be a great place to visit, but not now. There are a lot of level changes throughout the...  more »
  • August 13, 2017
    Wasn't aware this place even existed until I read about it in the lonely planet LA guide book. It's a real gem and it's quick and $ 7 to get in a bargain. You can only see a few of the rooms but they ...  more »
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  • June 13, 2017
    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.
  • April 9, 2017
    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.
  • June 12, 2017
    Must see. It's a really important early, FLW masterpiece.
  • December 28, 2016
    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
  • June 25, 2017
    Very short tour and every section is heavily guarded/chained. Not need more than 10 min. Disappointed!

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