5 Reasons You Must Visit L.A.'s Hollyhock House
Frank Lloyd Wright's masterpiece opens to the public
Whether or not you?re an architecture buff, you?ll want to see the recently revamped Hollyhock House in Silverlake. This 1921 Frank Lloyd Wright-designed structure was erected as a private home for Pennsylvania oil heiress Aline Barnsdall, but in 1927 she donated the 5,000-square-foot abode to the city.
Now it sits in the middle of Barnsdall Art Park, and after being closed for three years to fix leaks, drainage problems, and architectural details, the place is seeing visitors again. It's open Thursday through Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Go now because:
1. It's Frank at his finest
While Frank Lloyd Wright designed a number of houses in our area, they’re not open to the public. Not only is this your only chance to walk inside a Frank Lloyd Wright, it’s an especially interesting one--he experiments with making fewer interior walls and bringing the outdoors in.
2. You'll get a glimpse of really radical furnishings
Barnsdall--a freethinking anarchist and art collector--hired Wright because she thought his work was edgy. Unlike many architects, his grand vision included designing living room furniture with strong horizontal lines that echo the building itself.
3. It's just been nominated as a UNESCO site
U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell just proposed 10 FLW buildings—including the Hollyhock House—for global protection because Wright is “widely considered to be the greatest American architect of the 20th century.” Here, the interior courtyard where the structure's namesake flower grows next to columns bearing their abstracted images.
4. You'll meet cool people and learn artsy stuff
Interiors like this gilded screen won't be your only inspiration: Hollyhock House?s 12-acre grounds have been turned into an arts center, the place where Silverlake?s residents take classes on everything from stone setting to drawing.