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.
World Heritage List Inscription
Hollyhock House is a National Historic Landmark and was officially inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List on July 7, 2019.
Hollyhock House Digital Projects
The Hollyhock House Virtual Accessibility Experience (VAE) utilizes technology to increase access to Frank Lloyd Wright’s Hollyhock House by creating immersive and inclusive experiences for visitors of all abilities. This virtual tour is available remotely via a web browser, and will soon be available onsite.
The Hollyhock House Archive contains original drawings and blueprints detailing plans for an ambitious arts complex that was partially realized by Aline Barnsdall and her architect Frank Lloyd Wright in 1921. This digital archive currently holds 81 digitized documents related to the history of the Hollyhock House.