"Have nothing in your houses that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful.”
_ William Morris
, 19th century craftsman, designer, writer

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Thursday, February 5, 2015

Sweetheart of a Deal: Free Hollyhock House Tour

Looking for something romantic (and free) to do with your Valentine? 
For lovers of modern design, architecture and Frank Lloyd Wright, the Hollyhock House in Los Feliz, Calif is waiving admission fees for self-guided tours beginning at 4pm on Friday, February 13 -- and ending at 11am on Saturday, February 14. 
(Following the event, regular visiting hours and fees will resume.)
It's a sweetheart of a deal -and a night to remember.

Recently nominated by UNESCO for consideration on the World Heritage List, the home designed by Wright and commissioned by oil heiress Aline Barnsdall in 1919 would be the first example of modern architecture in the U.S. to earn a place on the highly esteemed list.

Named for Barnsdall's favorite flower, a motif Wright interpreted throughout the home, the residence had 17 rooms, seven bathrooms and a style some describe as:
 Mayan meets medieval.

In spite of ground breaking design and the cache of not only Wright, but his famously talented contemporaries Richard Neutra, Rudolph Schindler and his son, Lloyd Wright, who also contributed to the project - it turned out the structure was not a place Barnsdall wanted to call home and she never lived there. In 1923, Barnsdall donated the building and the surrounding property of Olive Hill to the city to be used as a library and public park. In 2007, the site was designated as a National Historic Landmark. 

This month, following a lengthy, $4.3 million renovation that began in 2010, the Hollyhock House will celebrate by opening it's doors, revealing its painstakingly detailed restoration --and sharing the love.

If you go, the Barnsdall Art Park Foundation hopes you'll share pics online using the hashtag: #WrightAtNight. 

To make the most of what promises to be a memorable stroll through one of Los Angeles' architectural treasures, be sure to read the History of the Hollyhock House written by Cheryl Lee Johnson (read here). Like any good Hollywood story it's got glamour, money, power, fame and heartbreak.

Hollyhock House is ready for its closeup.

Photography courtesy of the Barnsdall Art Park Foundation.

1 comment :

  1. Yay! I've been wanting to go there it seems for forever--it must have just been since 2010--and it has been closed the entire time for restoration. Thanks for sharing! Would love to hear more about Wright's other West Coast homes.


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