Frank Lloyd Wright's Hollyhock House
4800 Hollywood Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA, USA
hollyhockhouse.net - 323-526-9484
Frank Lloyd Wright's Hollyhock House Los Angeles Reviews
Frank Lloyd Wright's response to the Craftsman movement Oct 21, 2010
Hollyhock House was the first of five innovative houses Frank Lloyd Wright designed in Southern California in the 1920s. The house was commissioned by oil heiress Aline Barnsdall and was built on Olive Hill overlooking Hollywood.
Frank Lloyd Wright wanted to design a structure that he thought would fit into the California landscape and reflect its heritage. He did not like the popular California Craftsman Style houses of the early 20th century that had been inspired by Greene & Greene's Gamble House and felt that style did not fit in Southern California. Instead, he designed a house that would resemble a Mayan temple. (It is said to have been inspired by the Palenque ruins.)
Wright termed his style California Romanza. The exterior stucco walls slope upward and Wright's characteristic narrow vertical windows are present. The house is a series of interconnected squares surrounding gardens, giving it the Mesoamerican temple character. Abstract hollyhock motifs are worked in as bas reliefs, giving it a further mysterious air. (The hollyhock was Barnsdall's favorite flower.)
Hollyhock House was completed in 1923. Aline Barsdall hoped to found an artistic colony around the house, but donated the house and grounds to Los Angeles in 1927.
The house is open for regular tours, but the exterior can always be viewed when Barnsdall Park is open. Tours are $7.00.
It is a very interesting house and style and easy to find in East Hollywood. Recommended.
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