On February 14, 2015, I visited Hollyhock House by Frank Lloyd Wright at Barnsdall Art Park as part of its celebration of reopening after years of restoration work. For one night only, the admission was waived and photographs were allowed.
It was 9 a.m. when I got there. It was a beautiful clear day! After waiting for a little over an hour, I made it to the entry.
Built between 1919 and 1921, Hollyhock House was Frank Lloyd Wright’s first project in Los Angeles commissioned by Aline Barnsdall.
The Dining Room was on the left immediately after the Entry. And the Kitchen is beyond the Dining Room.
On the other side of the Entry is the Music Room.
The hallway has low ceiling and opens to the Courtyard.
The focal point of the Living Room is of course the fireplace. The custom carpet was interesting.
I love books!
The Courtyard and the areas adjacent to it are my personal favorite.
Visitors were only allowed in the common areas of the first floor. That was a little disappointing. The parts we were allowed to be in all have low ceilings. Not so comfortable. Maybe that’s the way to keep the line moving.
I am not crazy about the house. It is not my style, and I can feel it tries to control me. (No doubt Frank Lloyd Wright was a control freak.) I do appreciate the attention to details, and brilliant design ideas. It was still very inspiring to see how everything was well thought out.
If you are interested in visiting Hollyhock House yourself, please click HERE.
Click HERE for a photo tour of the entire house.
Months before the Downtown Los Angeles Architectural Walking Tour, I had the opportunity to tour the Los Angeles Central Library. This was also an outing with members from Conejo Association of Professional Interior Designers (CAPID).
We started the tour from the “Spine” in front of the library. As you approach the library from the street, the “Spine” take you through the evolution of written communication. The pyramid on top of the library and the overall design of the building demonstrate the heavy influence of the ancient Egyptian culture in the 1920’s.
Inside the library, there was a mix of old and new. After the 1986 fire, the library went thought an extensive renovation and expansion. For the purpose of not exceeding the height of the original building, the new 8-story atrium has 4 stories that are below the ground level.
The Children’s Literature section is absolutely beautiful with painted ceilings and murals on the walls. The carpet subtlety depicts characters from the Rotunda murals.
The library does offer guided tours (http://www.lapl.org/central/tours.html). The library also prepared a printable Self-Guided Tour (http://www.lapl.org/central/guidedtour.pdf) for those who are not able to join a guided tour.
Los Angeles Public Library: Art & Architecture in Central Library: http://www.lapl.org/branches/central-library/departments/art-architecture-central
L.A. Conservancy: http://www.laconservancy.org/tours/downtown/library.php
Rotanda Murals – KCET Depatures: http://www.kcet.org/socal/departures/landofsunshine/writing-on-the-wall/central-library-murals-are-also-80-years-old.html