Decoding Wright's Hollyhock House in Hollywood, California
In the early twentieth century, a group of wealthy art patrons brought Frank Lloyd Wright out west to build their homes in a new artistic community called "Hollywoodland." The oil heiress Alinie Barnsdall commissioned Wright to design Hollyhock House, one of his first concrete structures. Now open for tours, the building has been restored and filled with original Wright-designed furniture, fabrics, and knickknacks. Upon her death, Barnsdall donated the house and grounds to the City of Los Angeles--now the Barnsdall Art Park--which includes a theater, art gallery, and Wednesday farmers market. Here, visitors can purchase organic ingredients for an impromptu picnic under the golden Southern California sun or find refuge beneath a canopy of century-old olive trees. When you’re standing on the outside terrace, face due west and look over your right shoulder up into the hills to see the famous Hollywood sign, Griffith Observatory, and another of Wright’s iconic homes, Ennis House built in 1924.
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