Hollyhock House Re-Opens!
Dotted with homes by A. Quincy Jones, Richard Neutra, John Lautner, and so many more, Los Angeles is a love letter to modern and mid-century architecture. Now, after an intense six-year restoration, Frank Lloyd Wright’s Hollyhock House in Barnsdall Art Park—the first of many projects he worked on in Southern California—has finally reopened to the public. The sprawling, indoor-outdoor structure was built in the early 1920’s and initially meant to be the first installment of a massive theater colony commissioned by oil heiress, Aline Barnsdall (the house is named after her favorite flower). The ambitious project never came to fruition but the main house served as Barnsdall’s private residence until she gifted it to the city in 1927. You don’t have to be an architecture junkie to appreciate Wright’s masterful use of light, space, and most interestingly, the hollyhock flower itself, which was discreetly incorporated into the facade and interior. Some of the furniture on display—like the dining room table and reproduced living room set—was designed by Wright himself. Guided tours can be arranged Thursday through Sunday, and though parking can be a pain, are well worth the trip.