Friday, August 19, 2016
FRANK LLOYD WRIGHT'S HOLLYHOCK HOUSE
This week's arts and culture column involved a field trip all the way to the Hollywood-adjacent LA neighborhood of Los Feliz. It's on a Frank Lloyd Wright architectural gem called the Hollyhock House.
The piece begins like this:
Hard by the southwest corner of Hollywood Boulevard and Vermont, up on a hill, stands a highlight of L.A.’s storied architectural story: Barnsdall Park.
The compound features the Municipal Art Gallery, Community Arts Division, Junior Arts Center, Barnsdall Art Center and the Barnsdall Gallery Theater.
But the crown jewel is the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed home, built for Philadelphia oil heiress Aline Barnsdall in 1919-1921, known as Hollyhock House.
Barnsdall (1882-1946) was a philanthropist, art collector, bohemian and single-mother-by-choice of a daughter nicknamed “Sugartop,” who she’d conceived out of wedlock with a Polish actor.
Envisioning the creation of an arts complex where she could produce theater in her own venue, Barnsdall bought the 38-acre site, then known as Olive Hill, in 1919. She hired hotshot young architect Frank Lloyd Wright.
READ THE WHOLE PIECE HERE.