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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 27, 2007
Work continues on the third major renovation of Frank Lloyd Wright's Hollyhock House, the famed architect's first Los Angeles project. Crews seismically retrofitted the upper portion of the landmark 1921 home and repaired most of the 22 leaky roofs. As the period landscaping progresses, the city seeks a $2.5-million matching grant to complete a second phase of earthquake modifications.
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June 2, 2013 | By Susan Brenneman
Rudolph Schindler is L.A.'s prototypical Modernist architect. His house on King's Road (the MAK Center now) is a public monument. Design magazines gush over Schindler restorations. Curbed LA , online, tracks the Schindler real estate market. And the great architect's fans follow his trail from the Hollyhock House (he supervised its creation for Frank Lloyd Wright) to the Bubeshko Apartments in Silver Lake to the Wolfe House on Catalina Island (before it was demolished), like pilgrims following the stations of the cross.
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REAL ESTATE
August 11, 1985
The first annual Hollyhock Croquet Classic will be held on Aug. 25 from 2 to 6 p.m. with a traditional English tea served at "half past four." Guests may dress in 1920s-style summer whites, and awards will be given to croquet winners and the most appropriately dressed. Admission will be $3 for Friends of Hollyhock House and Hollyhock Associates, $5 for non-members. More details are available from Friends of Hollyhock House, 4808 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles 90027.
TRAVEL
March 29, 2012
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 8, 1985 | TOM CASLER, United Press International
Frank Lloyd Wright died in 1959, but his architectural designs have survived in Los Angeles--although for some of them, like Hollyhock House in Barnsdall Park, the future is tenuous. Wright, America's most famous architect and, arguably, its most controversial, designed the house for oil heiress Aline Barnsdall in 1919. Completed in 1921, it was the first house designed by Wright in Los Angeles.
MAGAZINE
May 20, 1990 | Barbara Thornburg
RESTORING THE LIVING room of architect Frank Lloyd Wright's Hollyhock House posed many riddles. What was the original color scheme? What were the dimensions and detailing of the magnificent sofas? And where, oh where, had the original sofas disappeared to? Sketches and old photographs of the historic house, built by the eccentric Wright for the equally offbeat oil heiress, Aline Barnsdall (whose favorite flower was the hollyhock), offered tantalizing clues.
NEWS
May 2, 1989 | LEON WHITESON
When restoration architect Martin Weil began scraping away the layers of paint on the living room walls of Frank Lloyd Wright's Hollyhock House, he found no trace of the original color scheme. Despite Weil's careful search, not a single chip appeared to have survived the Barnsdall Park mansion's many redecorations. "I felt terribly frustrated," Weil said. "I was faced with the tricky task of second-guessing Frank Lloyd Wright based on his color schemes for other Mayan houses he designed in Los Angeles.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 25, 2006 | Mary Rourke, Times Staff Writer
Kenneth Ross, the founder of the Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs who spearheaded the restoration of Hollyhock House by Frank Lloyd Wright and the preservation of the Watts Towers by Simon Rodia, died Monday, according to his son, Murray Ross. He was 95. Ross, who also helped establish the Municipal Art Gallery and the Junior Arts Center that are part of the Hollyhock House complex in Barnsdall Park, died of natural causes at Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center in Los Angeles.
NEWS
June 27, 1986 | LYNN SIMROSS, Times Staff Writer
What do hollyhocks and croquet have in common? Nothing much, except to remind us of gentler times when summer Sundays might be spent wandering through flowering gardens or playing a rousing game of croquet on a lush lawn. But, if Friends of Hollyhock House has its way, those days will return once each year to Barnsdall Park when the volunteer docents of the city's Frank Lloyd Wright 1921 house sponsor their annual Croquet Classic.
NEWS
June 3, 1994 | NANCY KAPITANOFF, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES; Nancy Kapitanoff is a regular contributor to The Times
Architect Frank Lloyd Wright lived a long, productive life, designing some of this country's and Los Angeles' most unusual architecture before he died in 1959 at the age of 92. This year marks Wright's 127th birthday, and the Los Angeles City Cultural Affairs Department is inviting the public to commemorate it Sunday at Barnsdall Art Park in Hollywood, the location of one of his most renowned structures--Hollyhock House.
HOME & GARDEN
September 17, 2011 | By Debra Prinzing, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Kristan Cunningham wasn't too thrilled with the house-for-lease listing photos, but the address was near architectural greatness — Frank Lloyd Wright's Ennis House on the hillside above and his Hollyhock House visible in the distance. "This was the one property I was least interested in seeing, but once we went inside, I didn't make it farther than the living room," Cunningham says, describing how she was instantly taken by the interiors. Her partner of 15 years, Scott Jarrell, went upstairs.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 5, 2011 | By Mike Boehm, Los Angeles Times
For its 90th birthday, Frank Lloyd Wright's Hollyhock House is getting another round of rejuvenating restoration work, with the partial makeover priced at $4.3 million. Work on the city-owned National Historic Landmark perched on a Hollywood hilltop will begin after Memorial Day; the current five-day schedule of guided tours will be reduced to Fridays through Sundays during the renovations, which are expected to take about 18 months. The project is the third phase in the ongoing restoration of Hollyhock House — the first two phases, from 2000 to 2005, cost $21 million, mainly to repair damage from the 1994 Northridge earthquake and stabilize the Barnsdall Park hillside fronting Hollywood Boulevard.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 29, 2008 | Bob Pool
A $1.9-million grant to complete the restoration of the Hollyhock House at Barnsdall Art Park has been authorized by state officials, Los Angeles City Council President Eric Garcetti announced Monday. The California Cultural and Historical Endowment authorized the allocation for repairs and upgrades, which will include seismic retrofitting and creation of "a museum-quality gallery and design space," he said. The house, at 4800 Hollywood Blvd., was designed by Frank Lloyd Wright and built in 1921.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 1, 2008 | F. Kathleen Foley, Special to The Times
Come with a lawn chair and a cooler full of cakes and ale. (Pre-show picnicking is encouraged.) Come with a sweater. (The summer nights are chill.) But by all means do come to "Twelfth Night," the opener for Independent Shakespeare Company's repertory season of free Shakespeare in beautiful Barnsdall Park, high above Hollywood Boulevard. Ignore the occasional droning helicopter overhead. The actors do. After all, they've been up on this hillside for five consecutive summers. It's fitting that their makeshift amphitheater is adjacent to Frank Lloyd Wright's Hollyhock House.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 27, 2007
Work continues on the third major renovation of Frank Lloyd Wright's Hollyhock House, the famed architect's first Los Angeles project. Crews seismically retrofitted the upper portion of the landmark 1921 home and repaired most of the 22 leaky roofs. As the period landscaping progresses, the city seeks a $2.5-million matching grant to complete a second phase of earthquake modifications.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 25, 2006 | Mary Rourke, Times Staff Writer
Kenneth Ross, the founder of the Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs who spearheaded the restoration of Hollyhock House by Frank Lloyd Wright and the preservation of the Watts Towers by Simon Rodia, died Monday, according to his son, Murray Ross. He was 95. Ross, who also helped establish the Municipal Art Gallery and the Junior Arts Center that are part of the Hollyhock House complex in Barnsdall Park, died of natural causes at Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center in Los Angeles.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 1, 2003 | Mike Boehm, Times Staff Writer
Beautiful and vexing. An expensive piece of unfinished business. That's what Frank Lloyd Wright thought of his architectural jewel, Hollyhock House, in 1921 after planting it atop a hill that sits like a 90-foot-high gumdrop stuck to the flat terrain of eastern Hollywood. And beautiful, vexing, expensive and unfinished are what the house and its surrounding park have proved to be again.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 6, 2005 | Lynne Heffley
One of Los Angeles' architectural treasures is making a comeback. Frank Lloyd Wright's vintage 1921 Hollyhock House at Barnsdall Park in Hollywood will reopen for public tours on Wednesday, on what would have been the architect's 138th birthday. The Mayan-influenced Hollyhock House, built at the beginning of Wright's "California Romanza" period for oil heiress Aline Barnsdall, has been closed for five years.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 25, 2005 | Mike Boehm, Times Staff Writer
Doc X. Nghiem has spent more than a year being enchanted by the beauty and originality of Frank Lloyd Wright's 1921-vintage Hollyhock House. But as the man immediately responsible for fixing some of the historic building's flaws and shoring up its points of vulnerability, he also knows its ability to frustrate.
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