The Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs and Los Angeles City Council President Pro Tempore Mitch O’Farrell, 13th District, have announced that Frank Lloyd Wright’s landmark Hollyhock House will reopen on Aug. 18 after being closed to the public during the pandemic.
Located at 4800 Hollywood Blvd. in Barnsdall Art Park, Hollyhock House is the first and only United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization World Heritage site in Los Angeles. The reopening aligns with the site’s centennial anniversary.
“Since taking office, my team and I have worked tirelessly to champion and fund the restoration of the Hollyhock House campus,” O’Farrell said. “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.”
“The Department of Cultural Affairs is thrilled to reopen our city’s one and only UNESCO World Heritage site,” added 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.”
Beginning on Thursday, Aug. 18, Hollyhock House reopens again for in-person, self-guided tours. Offered Thursday through Saturday from 11 a.m.-4 p.m., the tours will give unprecedented access to Hollyhock House’s restored outdoor spaces, showcasing new aspects of Wright’s self-proclaimed “garden house.” Tour capacity is limited and advanced ticket purchase is required by visiting hollyhockhouse.org.
DCA will also hold a Hollyhock House Lawn Party on Saturday, Aug. 20, from 4-8 p.m. The free community event will feature performances by the Bob Baker Marionette Theater, music, crafts and food. The first 100 guests will receive a free hot dogs. courtesy of Fort: LA. The lawn party will celebrate the reopening of all DCA facilities in Barnsdall Park including Hollyhock House, the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery, the Barnsdall Gallery Theatre, the Barnsdall Arts Center and the Barnsdall Junior Arts Center.
Throughout the pandemic closure, the city of Los Angeles made significant restorations at Hollyhock House and Residence A, a Wright-designed guest house in Barnsdall Park. Transformative exterior and structural restoration work on Residence A was completed in December 2021 and restoration of the interior and landscape are now underway.
“A harbinger of California modernism, Hollyhock House continues to inspire artists, architects and the public at large,” Hollyhock House curator Abbey Chamberlain Brach said. “We’re eager to welcome visitors back inside Hollyhock House to experience firsthand Wright’s dramatic expression of California, which feels as modern now as it did upon its completion 100 years ago.”
Built between 1919 and 1921, Hollyhock House was Wright’s first Los Angeles commission and an ode to California’s freedom and natural beauty. Designed for oil heiress Aline Barnsdall, she donated the house and property to the city in 1927 as the centerpiece of a 36-acre arts complex.
Hollyhock House was included on the UNESCO World Heritage List in July 2019 along with seven other Wright sites throughout the United States. For information, visit culturela.org and barnsdall.org.
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