March 02, 2015On Friday, February 13th, The Hollyhock House, designed by iconic architect, Frank Lloyd Wright, was opened for a unique 24 hour event titled #WrightAtNight. The LA Mayor, Press, and general public were all invited to enjoy this once in a lifetime opportunity to see the unveiling of the newly restored Hollyhock House. We were stoked to be able to cover this event as this specific house along with the other works from FLW stand out as timeless designs and are still respected today as true modern works of art.
As we waited for our tour to begin, we we took some moments to soak in the architecture as the sun lowered over the Westside. [gallery ids="6238,6237,6239"] Frank Lloyd Wright's personal Bentley was on display near the front door of the house - not too shabby! [gallery ids="6245,6247,6246"] It was finally time for the tour to begin, we had waited in line for a few hours but as you will see in the following photos, it was worth the wait. Photography is normally disallowed in the house but for the grand opening, press and photographers were welcomed in. There were a few guides to provide information on the restoration and history of the house as we toured the property. The dining room set seen above is the only original furniture to remain in the house. Off to the right you can see the kitchen where some of the cabinets are missing their doors. A rare glimpse of a glass corner seen here on the left side. This technique was also famously used by Wright on Fallingwater.
The house was designed with a tunnel that would allow water to flow from the courtyard pool under the house, to the moat in front of the fireplace. Water would then continue to fountain on the northwest side of the property.The library
Even the attention to detail on the door handles was impressive. It was a great night for the city of Los Angeles and for the preservation of modern design. We want to send a big thanks to the Mayor and the city for undertaking the restoration and allowing us to be apart of this grand opening....And to CoolHaus for the ice cream. View more photos from the evening by searching the hashtag #wrightatnight. The Hollyhock House can be toured daily. For more information, visit the Barnsdall Art Park Foundation website.