Barnsdall Art Park & Hollyhock House

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Frank Lloyd Wright's Hollyhock House at Barnsdall Art Park
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Barnsdall Art Park

After oil heiress and philanthropist Aline Barnsdall bought this cute little hill after the end of World War I, she engaged Frank Lloyd Wright to build her a group of buildings at its summit. The complex was designed to include a cinema, a theater and an array of artists' studios alongside Hollyhock House, Barnsdall's proposed home, but it was never completed and she never moved in.

Barnsdall went on to donate the house, guest house and 11 acres of the land to the city on the premise that they be used as a public art park. More than eight decades later, the site still fulfills that role, with exhibitions in a variety of different gallery spaces and public tours of the Hollyhock House ($7, Thu-Sun, 11am-4pm).

In the summer, the park hosts a variety of al fresco cinema nights, wine tastings and cultural events that bring out a nice mix of singles, couples and young families.

 

Venue name: Barnsdall Art Park & Hollyhock House
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Address: 4800 Hollywood Blvd
Los Angeles
90027
Opening hours: Daily 5am-10pm; Municipal Art Gallery Thu-Sun noon-5pm
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Michael J
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A hilltop park in the middle of the city with a key Frank Lloyd Wright house—yet somehow Barnsdall still feels like a secret. A tour of the FLW house is definitely worthwhile, as is much of the programming here, particularly the excellent Friday Nine Wine Tastings in the summer. Make sure to stop by the free municipal art gallery while you're there.

Jakob N. Layman
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Barndall Art Park is kind of a hidden gem in LA. The park boasts a fantastic view of the city, has some wonderful shaded areas, and is home to the iconic Frank Lloyd Wright designed Hollyhock House. They also hold some really fantastic events throughout the year. 

Haley S.
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A great neighborhood park in East Hollywood, Barnsdall boasts views of the Hollywood sign as well as varied locations to spread your picnic blanket.  Grab food from Oi Asian Fusion or a scoop of sorbet from Churro Borough in nearby Los Feliz, and enjoy your food with a view of the city.  On an average day, you can park easily, and though the park is small, there's plenty of places to explore.  Check out the museum or take classes at their arts center--wine and movie screenings are packed, but if they're your jam, go for it.  The Hollyhock House is newly restored, though sadly, the city's overall neglect of Aline Barnsdall's gift is readily apparent elsewhere in the ruins of the Schindler Pavilion and Residence A.

Erin Kuschner
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I have yet to visit the Hollyhock House (it's on my list!), but I have so much fun every time I hang out at Barnsdall Park. It's a beautiful place to watch the sunset over Downtown and Hollywood, and you can bring a picnic to enjoy while taking in the view. During the summer, the Barnsdall Park Wine Tastings are one of my favorite activities - pay a set price, enjoy a flight of wine with your friends, listen to live DJs and kick off the weekend with some killer views and booze.