Hollyhock House in Los Angeles

wright coverIf you ask Americans who their favorite architect is, most will say FRANK LLOYD WRIGHT. A design enthusiast to the nth degree, Wright believed that buildings should be in harmony with their environment. The most famous example of his philosophy is Fallingwater outside Pittsburgh, however another gem in his crown is HOLLYHOCK HOUSE in Los Angeles. Wright designed it for oil heiress Aline Barnsdall who made one rather simple, yet fantastical request: her favorite flower, the hollyhock, had to figure prominently in the house’s design. Completed in 1921, Hollyhock House required extensive renovation, but the house was recently opened to the public with much of Wright’s original design signature including the hollyhock references restored.


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