Monday, October 24, 2016

How long did you wait to get into the Hollyhock House?

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

Two hours? Three hours?  The reopening tonight of the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Hollyhock House has drawn huge crowds to Barnsdall Art Park, where the landmark home will remain open for 24 hours to celebrate the completion of a $4.75 million renovation.

The wait to get into the 24-hour grand opening is generating long lines of comments and photos on Twitter and Instagram but it appears to be worth the wait. The marathon grand opening ends at 4 p.m. on Valentine’s Day.

After the 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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  1. It was ridiculously managed. The website said it opens at 4pm. People started lining up at 3pm, including myself. (The ceremony, which was only attended by the press and other VIPs, was supposed to start at 4 but didn’t start ’til maybe 5.)

    I waited in line for 3 hours and still didn’t get in. Fortunately, an employee was giving out numbered tickets at 6pm, saying it would be another hour wait, so I was able to come back at 10pm and get in right away. Otherwise, I would have had to wait in a horrendously long line again.

    The inside of Hollyhock House is amazing, but there is very little to see up close. Most rooms are roped off so you can only see from a distance, and nobody can go upstairs or downstairs. Apparently visitors used to be able to roam the whole house, but not any more.

  2. We went today just after 12, waited maybe half and hour and found out they extended the free tour to today. Bonus! I was pretty disappointed that we were extremely limited in where we could go, I’d been there in the 80s and was able to actually go through more of the house. It sure looks great, though.

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