Last weekend we spent a gloomy Saturday checking out the LA Municipal Art Gallery and Hollyhock House at Barnsdall Art Park. On exhibit at the art gallery was a great collection of work called Sculptures and a collection of collages called Deconstructed Applications (unfortunately, the exhibit is no longer up; we happened to see it on its last day).
Located on Olive Hill in East Hollywood, the Hollyhock House’s history is as interesting as the people who built it. Commissioned by Aline Barnsdall — who lived off the wealth her father, oil magnate Theodore, amassed — as a place for the arts and theatre, the house was architect Frank Lloyd Wright’s first building in L.A. Its name comes from the Hollyhock flower, which Ms. Barnsdall loved and thus had it built into the house’s design. Barnsdall wanted the property to become an arts and theater community, but her plans went sour due to “financial and artistic differences” between Barnsdall and Wright — Frustrated that the architect was overlooking the project because of his other assignments (Tokyo’s Imperial Hotel), Barnsdall hired someone else to take over. When Wright finally did complete the house, she was unsatisfied, and so she gave the property and its 11 surrounding acres to the city of L.A.
Tours are available to the public Wednesdays through Sundays at 12:30, 1:30, 2:30 and 3:30 p.m. General admission is $7 (Seniors are $3, children 17 and under are $2 or free if accompanied by an adult).
Barnsdall Art Park is located at 4800 Hollywood Blvd., 90027.