After being closed for some time for renovations & restoration, Frank Lloyd Wright’s epic Hollyhock House is open again to the public. The other week they had a special grand re-opening event where the house was open to the public for free, all night. Naturally, I had to go!
There were throngs and throngs of people who turned out, and it was very exciting to me that standing in line to see great architecture could be such a popular event for a Friday night in Los Angeles. Angelenos love architecture, and their enthusiasm was on display that night. The downside was that the event’s organizers were, by their own admission, unprepared for, and overwhelmed by, the huge turnout. It kind of leaves one to wonder what they did expect, but that’s a discussion for another time and place. The house looked great, and that’s really the main thing.
So, without further ado, here’s what I saw. For reference, here is a floor plan with the area open to the public for the event colored in red. North is to the left in this plan. Click any image to open full-size in a new tab.
Walking around outside the house at night was pretty neat, too. The whole house is cordoned off behind a chain link security fence, which is understandable, although it’s a real shame at the same time. Still, I think I managed to get a few photos that convey some of the special qualities of the house.
As I said, the house looked really great. I look forward to going back when I can spend more time and see it in the daylight. For more information about visiting the house, check out their website here.
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