Last week I had a chance to visit the Frank Lloyd Wright designed Hollyhock House in East Hollywood. This house was built for Aline Barnsdall, an oil heiress that Wright met in Chicago in the early 1910’s. It was built from 1919 to 1921 and was Wright’s first project in Los Angeles. The original site of the house was called Olive Hill and it occupied 36 acres. The site included two guest houses, one of which still stands. It was designated a National Historic Landmark by the U.S. Dept. of the Interior in 2007.
The house has only been open to the public since 2005 and is still in the process of being restored, but it is well worth visiting if you are a fan of Wright’s work. Tours are available Wednesday to Sunday and admission is $7.00. Hollyhock House is easy to get to from downtown Los Angeles. Just take the Metro Red Line to the Vermont/Sunset stop and you are less than a 10 minute walk from the entrance at 4800 Hollywood Blvd.
To learn more this about architectural landmark go the Hollyhock House homepage.