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Barnsdall Art Park & Hollyhock House

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    Photograph: Jakob N. LaymanFrank Lloyd Wright's Hollyhock House at Barnsdall Art Park
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Time Out says

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.

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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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Hollyhock House Lawn Party

Famous architect Frank Lloyd Wright’s first California design has been closed since the start of the pandemic, but the Hollyhock House is finally reopening for tours—and with a free lawn party to celebrate. Self-guided tours resume on August 18 (Thu–Sat 11am–4pm; $7), but Barnsdall Art Park is throwing a proper party on August 20 (4–8pm) with free performances from the Bob Baker Marionette Theater (5, 6:30pm), music, crafts and—thanks to FORT:LA—100 free hot dogs on a first-come, first-served basis. In case you’re curious, the Hollyhock House hasn’t just been left alone these past two-plus years (its second prolonged closure over the past decade): Conservation work was done on the East Hollywood-meets-Los Feliz house’s cast stone, art glass windows, woodwork and landscape elements, and Residence A, the adjacent Wright-designed guest house, also received some exterior and structural care, with interior and landscape work now underway.

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