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Hollyhock House Restoration…

Monday, July 28th, 2008

State funding will aid restoration of L.A.’s Hollyhock House



By Amanda Covarrubias
Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
July 28, 2008


HOLLYWOOD – The city of Los Angeles will receive nearly $2 million in state funding to restore and transform the landmark Hollyhock House in Barnsdall Art Park into a gallery, officials said today.


The national historic landmark in Los Feliz was designed by architect Frank Lloyd Wright in the 1920s in a style he referred to as California Romanza. It was retrofitted and partially restored after undergoing extensive damage from the 1994 Northridge earthquake.


The $1.9 million in state funding will be used to complete and expand on that work, city officials said. Project Restore, a city agency, will oversee the renovation, which is expected to be completed in 2012.


“These funds will help us give it a proper restoration so that future generations can enjoy and admire its architecture,” said City Council President Eric Garcetti, who helped secure the state funding.


In addition to its central garden court, each major interior space of Hollyhock House adjoins an equivalent exterior space, connected either by glass doors, a porch, pergola or colonnade.


A series of rooftop terraces further extend the living space and provide views of the Los Angeles basin and the Hollywood Hills.


The house takes its name from the favorite flower of Aline Barnsdall, a philanthropist who commissioned the building. Aline Barnsdall gave Hollyhock House and 11 surrounding acres to the city in 1927 for use as a public art park in memory of her father, Theodore Barnsdall.