We were really lucky to be visiting when tours were offered. In June construction began to restore the porch and, when we were there in October, tours were available Friday - Sunday (usually Wednesday-Sundays). There are lots of areas that need renovation so be sure and check schedules -----. Also ask if the documentary about the structural work done to make the house more earthquake resistant showing the meticulous restoration of the outside concrete is available for viewing. We were early for our tour and the only ones watching in a multi-use area so I am not sure it's always available, but well worth the time. Another possibility: watch it on the internet (find the link in Wikepedia's "Hollyhock House"). It's a great introduction to the house! Hollyhock House is on the top of a hill shared with a small theater and a Municipal Art Gallery. The whole area is lovely with nice views and the exterior of the house is very decorative. However, the interior (which you can only see with a tour) is what makes this a top attraction. Hollyhock House is not like Falling Water (either in design or state of preservation). Wright was working on the Imperial Hotel in Tokyo during much of the construction and project supervision was left to his apprentice Rudolph Schindler and his son, Lloyd Wright. The house was given to the City of Los Angeles in 1927 and for many years was leased by art and cultural groups which adapted the space for their use. In the '70's a major rehabilitation restored much of the house's original appearance, but it's a difficult house to maintain and lack of money is evident. Nevertheless, it is well worth seeing! Our docent was excellent - a very enjoyable afternoon. If you are interested in architecture, Richard Neutra's VDL II house is near-by. I think those tours are available only on Saturday.
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