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Hollyhock House
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 Wright’s first project in Los Angeles. Its namesake is abstracted and geometricized in much of the house’s 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 children’s activities.

The house is a breathtaking example of Wright’s 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.

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Christy Rogers, 1998

Updated 2009


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.

For full visitor information about opening hours, tours, driving directions etc. please visit www.hollyhockhouse.net or call +1 323 662 8139.

Reservations are required for groups of ten or more. Please call +1 323 644 6269 or email met_gcifarelli@sbcglobal.net.


Books and other web sites

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Barnsdale House: Frank Lloyd Wright (Architecture in Detail)
James Steele, Frank Lloyd Wright

One of the Phaidon series of books on individual buildings, with particularly good photographs.

Frank Lloyd Wright's Hollyhock House
Donald Hoffmann, David Hoffman

A detailed account of the house and the client, with extensive black and white photographs.

 

048628364x_m.gif (15705 bytes) Understanding Frank Lloyd Wright's Architecture
Donald Hoffmann

A highly readable, generalist account of the influences, development and innovations of Frank Lloyd Wright's architecture, well illustrated.

1568980418_m.gif (13070 bytes) Wright Sites : A Guide to Frank Lloyd Wright Public Places
Arlene Sanderson (editor)

A practical visitors' guide to thirty six publicly accessible Frank Lloyd Wright sites, with a straightforward one or two page description of each, with black and white photographs.

 

Further information about Hollyhock House is on its official web site, www.hollyhockhouse.net

www.geocities.com/SoHo/1469 provides both its own Frank Lloyd Wright content and a set of links to other Frank Lloyd Wright sites on the web.

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