Shuttered since the start of the pandemic, Frank Lloyd Wright’s iconic Hollyhock House will finally reopen to the public on 18 August 2022– just in time to celebrate its centennial.
The Mayan Revival property was completed in 1921 and was Wright’s first project in Los Angeles. Although it was envisioned as the heart of a 36-acre arts complex, the wider project was never completed. In 1927, its owner – oil heiress Aline Barnsdall, described by Lloyd Wright as ‘a radical client’ – donated it to the city.
Hollyhock House has had its ups and downs over the years, serving as the HQ of the California Art Club until the early 1940s, when it faced the threat of demolition. Today it’s the centrepiece of the Barnsdall Art Park and is designated a UNESCO World Heritage List (the only one in Los Angeles) and a Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monument.
Covid forced the property to close to the public in 2020, having already been closed between 2005 and 2015 for a $4.5m refurb, which attended to leaks, sagging concrete beams and various structural issues. During the pandemic, further work was done on the windows, woodwork and landscaping and on the exterior of its adjacent Wright-designed guesthouse, Residence A.
On 18 August 2022, the home throws open its doors once more, inviting architecture enthusiasts to book a self-guided tour of the house and its gardens. On 20 August, organisers are throwing a lavish lawn party.
Hollhock House, 4800 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90027