The panoramic view of Hollywood alone is worth a trip to this hilltop cultural center. On the grounds you’ll find the 1921 Hollyhock House, a masterpiece of modern design by architect Frank Lloyd Wright. It was commissioned by philanthropist Aline Barnsdall to be the centerpiece of an arts community. While Barnsdall's project didn't turn out the way she planned, the park now hosts the L.A. Municipal Art Gallery and Theatre, which provides exhibition space for visual and performance artists.
A film chronicling the history of Hollyhock House is screened in the gallery’s lobby—but better yet, join a docent-led tour of the building. Wright dubbed this style "California Romanza" (romanza is a musical term meaning "to make one's own form"). Stylized depictions of Barnsdall's favorite flower, the hollyhock, appear throughout the house in its cement columns, roofline, and furnishings. The leaded-glass windows are expertly placed to make the most of both the surrounding gardens and the city views. On summer weekends, there are wildly popular wine tastings and outdoor movie screenings. A small farmers' market is held every Wednesday afternoon in the parking lot near the entrance.
Nov 7, 2009
I've toured the Hollyhock House twice and enjoyed both visits. I highly recommend this to any architecture/FLW fans. In addition to the house exteriro, FLW and his son Lloyd Wright designed most of the furniture and other furnishings inside the house.