Friday, October 21, 2016

Frank Lloyd Wright’s Hollyhock House to reopen next month with a 24-hour open house

Frank Lloyd Wright's Hollyhock House | Joshua White/City of Los Angeles Department

Frank Lloyd Wright’s Hollyhock House | Joshua White/City of Los Angeles Department

LOS FELIZ — After being closed to the public for several years, the Hollyhock House, the famed landmark designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, will reopen to the public on Feb. 13 after undergoing a $4.75 million renovation.

The city-owned home that sits atop Barnsdall Art Park will welcome back the public by staying open 24 hours beginning at 4 p.m. on Feb. 13 for self- guided tours before it begins a regular Thursday-Sunday operating hours.  Councilman Mitch O’Farrell has introduced a motion, which is still pending, that would waive the admission fee during that 24-hour grand opening, which had been postponed from last year.

The renovation, which began in 2008, was intended to bring the home, built for oil heiress Aline Barnsdall in the “California Romanza” style, to its original glory. The top-to-bottom renovation included the restoration of floors, windows, doors, decorative molding, and long-forgotten paint colors. “Restoring this landmark to its original glory is a great example of how the city can preserve its unique history while providing Angelenos access to art in everyday places,” said Mayor Eric Garcetii of the home, a city historic cultural monument.

Here are some highlights of the Hollyhock House included in a grand opening announcement:

The storied history of Hollyhock House begins with Aline Barnsdall, a Pennsylvanian oil heiress interested in producing theater in her own venue. Purchasing a 36-acre site in Hollywood known as Olive Hill in 1919, Barnsdall commissioned Frank Lloyd Wright to build a theater where she could produce avant-garde plays. Soon after, the project morphed into a performing arts complex that included her residence. Construction on the project began in 1919 and ended in 1921 when Barnsdall fired Wright, citing costs as the primary reason for the contract’s termination. At the time, Frank Lloyd Wright was already an established architect, who was concurrently working on the Imperial Hotel in Tokyo, Japan.

A philanthropist, art collector, political radical, and single parent, Barnsdall deeded the land now known as Barnsdall Park and its Frank Lloyd Wright designed structures as a permanent home for the appreciation of art and architecture to the City of Los Angeles in 1927. In doing so, she provided an accessible arts center to the community that incorporated and preserved the famous Hollyhock House as a crucial component

After next month’s 24-hour grand opening, the home will be open Thursdays through Sundays from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. for a fee of $7 for adults, $3 for students and seniors with identification, and $3 for children under 12 when accompanied by a paying adult. Special arrangements may be made for docent-led tours, group tours, guided tours.

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One comment

  1. Best news all month. I believe there is also a R.M. Schindler pavilion in this park that is crumbling like the ruins of a long forgotten empire. I hope they address that as well. Things have been seeming pretty dire at barnsdall for a while now.

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