GUEST BLOG / By Barnsdall.org/ Hollyhock House was Frank Lloyd Wright’s first Los Angeles commission and an ode to California – its freedom and natural beauty. Built between 1919 and 1921 for Aline Barnsdall, the house introduced young architects Rudolf Schindler and Richard Neutra to Los Angeles. It is a harbinger of California Modernism, which came to include celebrated homes by all three visionaries that continue to impact the direction of residential design. Today, Hollyhock House is owned by the City of Los Angeles and operated by the Department of Cultural Affairs.
FRANK LLOYD WRIGHT (1867–1959), one of the most influential architects of the 20th century, was already famous by 1915 when Barnsdall approached him to build a theater for her experimental stage productions. The project provided Wright with an escape from the Chicago area and the personal scandals and tragedies that had befallen him there. He established an office in Los Angeles and divided his time between California and Japan, where he was building the Imperial Hotel.
|The project was much more than a house; it was the vision of Aline Barnsdall to build an arts complex surrounded by a hilltop park and theatre. All 36-original acres are shown here shortly after Hollyhock House was completed in late 1921.|
|Living room, fireplace, and furnishings designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. Photo: Phyllis A. Shess|
|Hollyhock dining room, including custom furnishings by Frank Lloyd Wright|
|Exterior design element illustrates Mayan design influence and concrete structure.|
Photos: Phyllis A. Shess, PillartoPost.org online daily magazine