Hollyhock House was designed by America’s most important 20th-century architect Frank Lloyd Wright. The house was commissioned by oil heiress and theatre producer Aline Barnsdall. It was built between 1919 and 1921. Aline Barnsdall was also a philanthropist and in 1927 gave the house and the surrounding twelve acres atop Olive Hill (now Barnsdall Park) to the City of Los Angeles as a memorial to her father Theodore.
Hollyhock House is named for Barnsdall’s favorite flower – the hollyhock. Wright chose to create an abstract design of the flower which he then used comprehensively to create the unique decorative frieze elements that encircle the residence, inform the furniture and textiles, and even the floor plan.
In 2012 Hollyhock House underwent an extensive restoration of the public rooms which are now open for visitors to tour. It is the only Frank Lloyd Wright residence in Los Angeles open to the public.
Hollyhock House is a National Historic Landmark and has been nominated to be placed on the UNESCO World Heritage List.
For a DCA at Barnsdall Park brochure click on this link:
Barnsdall Park Brochure
For a brochure on the Hollyhock House click on this link:
Hollyhock House Reopening Brochure PDF