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“Absolute Gem”
Review of Hollyhock House

Hollyhock House
Ranked #72 of 612 things to do in Los Angeles
Certificate of Excellence
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: This house turned museum was designed by Frank Lloyd Wright.
Reviewed 25 November 2011

Located in Barnsdall Park in East Hollywood at Vermont, easy to miss location with minimal signage. Drive in and up the hill for parking and walk through the park, between the galleries to find the House. Call the Gallery in advance for tour schedule and tickets. Frank Lloyd Wright design, half under renovation, with a fully furnished living room and dining room. Great views of Los Angeles. The docent makes the tour special.

3  Thank Deborah4967
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Reviewed 24 October 2011

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.

4  Thank NewYorkAnne
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Reviewed 15 September 2011

And speaking of architects (weren't we?), my favorite, latest, must-see attraction in L.A. is Hollyhock House (4800 Hollywood Blvd; www.hollyhockhouse.net), designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. It's in Barnsdall Art Park which is a gorgeous little pocket park of land just up a hill from Hollywood and Vermont area. Can't tell you how many times we drove by here and never realized this park was here. Some guys hanging out playing guitar, students reading, a little Frisbee ... just perfect. Panoramic views of Griffith Observatory, downtown, the Hollywood Sign...you name it. The house itself has undergone recent renovations, and unfortunately we just missed the last tour of the House, but will definitely return to see next visit. Husband had fun playing pickup guitar with some of the guys. Wonderful place to relax and terrific photo ops.

4  Thank kathyboy
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Reviewed 2 December 2010

We only toured the outside of the house, but it was in pretty sad shape. The landscaping in the park was nice, and the views are great, almost 360 degrees. The best views are of the Griffith Observatory.

1  Thank micchio
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Reviewed 13 July 2010

This is a classic Art Deco masterpiece, I am glad I saw it before it falls into even worse disrepair. Kudos to the people trying to keep the building going but the concrete is wearing sadly. It is still a beauty to see and the inside tour is worth the time. The views of the Hollywood hills from the park (which is free) were every bit as good as the much-pushed view from the Hollywood & Highland shopping center and you don't have to jostle with 1000 tourists for the same photo. You can also see LA downtown from the other side of the park if you walk around the visitor center.

5  Thank BadgerCT
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