August 18, architecture lovers will once again be able to walk around the famous Hollyhock House
< p>Hollyhock House, Frank Lloyd Wright's first home in Los Angeles, was conceived as an ode to the freedom and beauty of the local nature. The house was built between 1919 and 1921 for oil heiress, theater producer and art lover Aline Barnsdall. In 1915, she turned to an architect with a request to build not a house for her, but a theater. But in 1919, when Barnsdall purchased a 14-hectare property at the top of Olive Hill, plans included a cinema, artists' residences, shops, two guest houses, and Aline's own home. According to history, one of the main wishes of the customer was to decorate the house with the image of her favorite flower – mallow, which can be found on cast stonework, glass, furniture and textiles.
The project was only partially implemented. By 1921, Wright had only completed the main building and two guest houses. In 1927, the owner transferred the buildings and part of the land to the city. Now Hollyhock House, along with an art gallery, theater and art centers, is part of Barnsdall Park, the art park dreamed of by Aline Barnsdall. On July 10, 2019, the house was inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List. On August 18, the iconic piece of Californian modernism opens its doors to the public for the first time since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.