Barnsdall Art Park
4808 Hollywood Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90027
Frank Lloyd Wright 1921
Built between 1919 and 1921 for oil heiress
Aline Barnsdall, Hollyhock House is Frank Lloyd Wrights first project in Los
Angeles. Its namesake is abstracted and geometricized in much of the houses design,
including exterior walls and interior furniture.
Hollyhock House was the centerpiece of a mostly
unrealized Wright master plan for a theater community set on a thirty-six acre site,
"Olive Hill." Wright left much of the supervision of construction of Hollyhock
House to his son, landscape architect Lloyd Wright, and to architect Rudolf Schindler, as
Wright himself was working on the Imperial Hotel in Tokyo (since destroyed).
In 1927, Aline Barnsdall donated the Hollyhock
House and eleven surrounding acres to the City of Los Angeles for use as a public art
park. It has been leased over the years to various arts organizations, necessitating a
cycle of alteration and rehabilitation that is culminating in the large-scale
rehabilitation which started in the fall of 1998. (The rehabilitation is being partly funded by
the lease of the property to the Los Angeles Mass Transit Authority for subway
construction adjacent to the park.) Today Hollyhock House is a part of Barnsdall Art Park,
with a local art gallery, theater, and childrens activities.
The house is a breathtaking example of Wrights extraordinary ability to
relate the house to its site, offering a linked continuum of private and public
spaces--including a gorgeous roofscape that overlooks the city. This and a remarkably
friendly and knowledgeable staff make the Hollyhock House an important place to visit.
Christy Rogers, 1998
How to visit
The house is
now open to visitors after a major, multi-year renovation.
Tours are held Wednesday through Sunday at 12.30, 1.30, 2.30 and 3.30pm.
From Hollywood Freeway, take either Hollywood
Boulevard or Vermont Avenue exits. The entrance to Barnsdall Art Park is on Hollywood
Boulevard, one block west of Vermont Avenue.
visitor information about opening hours, tours, driving directions etc.
please visit www.hollyhockhouse.net
or call +1 323 662 8139.