Frank Lloyd Wright’s Storied Hollyhock House Reopens to the Public

Frank Lloyd Wright’s historic Hollyhock House in Los Angeles, Calif. has finally reopened to the public after having to close at the start of the pandemic. 

A ribbon-cutting ceremony, hosted by The City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs (DCA) and Los Angeles City Councilmember Mitch O’Farrell, took place on August 18 to officially reopen Frank Lloyd Wright’s landmark, resuming in-person, self-guided tours of Hollyhock House for the first time since the COVID-19 shut down. 

Offered Thursday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., tours give guests unprecedented access to Hollyhock House’s restored outdoor spaces, showcasing new aspects of Wright’s self-proclaimed “garden house,” as well as Residence A, the property’s guest house.

“The Department of Cultural Affairs is thrilled to reopen our City’s one-and-only UNESCO World Heritage site,” says DCA Interim General Manager Daniel Tarica. “Visitors will once again be able to appreciate this historic site in-person, including expanded access through our self-guided tour program. Through the pandemic closure, staff have undertaken critical restoration projects and enhanced interpretation of the site—visitors will now see these significant transformations at Hollyhock House and Residence A.”

Built between 1919 and 1921, Hollyhock House was designed to be the centerpiece of Wright’s first project in Los Angeles, a 36-acre arts complex for Aline Barnsdall. Although the project was only partially realized, Hollyhock House was added to the UNESCO World Heritage list in 2019 for its influential architectural aesthetic. Today it is the highlight of Barnsdall Art Park in Los Angeles. 

During the pandemic, the City of Los Angeles undertook significant restoration projects at Hollyhock House and Residence A, including exterior and structural work on Residence A and conservation work on the windows, woodwork and landscaping of Hollyhock House that enhanced DCA’s interpretation of the site and Wright’s original design.

“Since taking office, my team and I have worked tirelessly to champion and fund the restoration of the Hollyhock House campus,” says Councilmember Mitch O’Farrell. “When Hollyhock House was restored in 2015, we reopened this priceless cultural landmark to the public, and I can still remember the excitement felt by so many Angelenos. We’ve now weathered the storm of COVID-19, and I can’t wait to welcome people back to this iconic place—the only UNESCO World Heritage site in the City of Los Angeles.

To book a tour of Hollyhock House or for more information, visit here.

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