Friday, August 07, 2015

A Full Tour Through Frank Lloyd Wright's First LA House,
Restored to Its 1920s Beauty

Photos by Elizabeth Daniels

The Hollyhock House was the first house Frank Lloyd Wright designed in Los Angeles, part of a performing arts complex commissioned in the early 1920s by oil heiress Aline Barnsdall for an incredible 36-acre hilltop site on the Hollywood/Los Feliz border, but Wright was often away during construction, working on the Imperial Hotel in Japan, and building was mostly overseen by project manager Rudolph Schindler. The house contains the "germination of what I think you can easily say became California Modernism," says Hollyhock curator Jeffrey Herr.
But costs got out of control, Barnsdall fired Wright (and eventually hired Schindler), and she never moved into the house, which had been designed around the icon of her favorite flower, the Hollyhock. In 1927, she donated the property, with the surrounding 12 acres, to the city of Los Angeles, and over the decades since it was deformed over and over by bad renovations and general entropy.
But, following years of closure, the Hollyhock reopened this year with a beautiful, painstaking restoration that has brought many of its public spaces back to their 1921 magnificence. Read/see more here.

Living room

Living room


Bas relief fireplace

Interior walkway


yves said...

j'ai lu pas mal de bouquins sur lui et il y a effectivement de somptueuses demeures où il devait faire bon vivre. là, un peu trop spectaculaire, mais quel talent d'architecte !

JiEL said...

Un des mes architectes préféré..

Je voulais étudier en architecture dans mon adolescence et fait mon secondaire en «Sc.-Maths» malgré mon penchant pour les Arts plastiques..

Mais arriver à signer ses propres plans était une route trop longue pour moi.. Alors j'ai opté pour devenir un enseignant en art.
37 ans de ma vie à l'enseigner avec plaisir et bien des satisfactions aussi..

Alors j'admire ces GRANDS architectes.