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Hollyhock House – Hollywood

This notable home was designed by Frank Lloyd Wright for Aline Barnsdale, a Pennsylvania oil heiress. His son Lloyd Wright built the home, and Rudolf Schindler supervised the design.

Aline Barnsdale originally envisioned the creation of an artists’ colony of sorts. Her complete vision was never realized.

The home was an attempt by Wright to find an architectural style that was representative of Southern California. He called it California Romanza. In keeping with a major theme of Los Angeles architecture, each of the rooms of the house connected to an outdoor space via patios, terraces or gardens.

The home and surrounding acreage was donated to the city of Los Angeles in 1927 as a tribute to Aline’s father Theodore Barnsdall. The house is now the center of the Barnsdall Art Park and is available for public tours.

4800 Hollywood Blvd, Hollywood

More info: Friends of Hollyhock House


Drew de la Houssaye is an associate with THE BROKERAGE Real Estate Group Beverly Hills. Drew specializes in westside luxury real estate, renovations and probate sales. He blogs on Westside real estate, entertainment and local events. If you would like to contact him, he can be reached via twitter, facebook, LinkedIn or email.

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