Hollyhock House Restoration News

Beginning 30 May 2011 restoration of the porch in Frank Lloyd Wright’s Hollyhock House in Barnsdall Park will commence.

Hollyhock House, a National Historic Landmark operated by the Department of Cultural Affairs is the fortunate recipient of a California Cultural and Historical Endowment grant in the amount of $1,935,000 and a Save America’s Treasures Grant (administered by The National Parks Service) in the amount of $489,000. The grants were obtained by Project Restore, a public/private partnership, on behalf of the City of Los Angeles who provided the matching funds.

Hollyhock House, completed in 1921, was designed and built for oil heiress Aline Barnsdall who commissioned Frank Lloyd Wright to design the residence and a performing arts complex for Olive Hill. The project was halted after Hollyhock House and two guest residences were completed. She gave Hollyhock House and a guesthouse plus 12 acres to the City of Los Angeles in 1927. The first renovation of Hollyhock House occurred in 1944-46 with the architect’s son, Lloyd Wright in charge. In 1974-76 Lloyd Wright returned to Olive Hill to take charge of a comprehensive restoration. Hollyhock House has operated as a house museum since 1976. In 2001-2005 the house was closed to repair damage caused by the 1994 Northridge earthquake.

In addition to restoring the porch of Hollyhock House, the grant funds will also be used to restore the Hollyhock House Garage and Chauffeur’s Quarters. Once these two primary areas are restored any remaining funds will be used to facilitate restoration in other areas of Hollyhock House.

Hollyhock House will remain open for docent-led tours for the public during the restoration on an abbreviated tour schedule.

Friday thru Sunday

12:30, 1:30, 2:30 and 3:30 p.m.

Due to the uncertain nature of the restoration process the above tour schedule may require additional intermittent disruption. Please call in advance to confirm tour availability (323.644.6269).

Your donations for the restoration of Hollyhock House are tax deductible and will support the preservation of this national treasure. Checks made payable to Hollyhock House may be sent to Jeffrey Herr, c/o Hollyhock House, 4800 Hollywood Boulevard, Los Angeles, California 90026. 323.913.4030