SUNRISE AT THE HOLLYHOCK HOUSE
Located at Barnsdall Art Park in Los Angeles (Los Feliz, I believe), the Hollyhock House is a Frank Lloyd Wright gem. It just re-opened to the public this weekend, so I got the hell in there and soaked up the energy.
Enjoy! (30 Seconds Video within)
The Hollyhock House is Frank Lloyd Wright’s first LA project. Completed in 1921, the house was named after the favorite flower of Aline Barnsdall (the commissioner of the home). It was never lived in, but over the last nearly 100 years it’s needed some restorative help.
It’s been closed for a few years, and just this past weekend was re-opened to anybody who wanted to come for 24 hours. AND it was free AND you could take photos for one day only.
So I dragged myself out of bed to visit for sunrise! I knew some folks who planned on going at night, but to me sunrise was a bit more magical.
More on the house from the Barnsdall Art Park website.
Oh, and check out just how crazy the lines got…who knew that Angelinos loved architecture so much.
Arrival pre-dawn! Around 6:15 am.
By the time we got up the hill and into the line (which wasn’t too long, but I was still surprised to see a line at 6:15 am) the sky was already pretty light
As we stood in line we got these gorgeous views of LA, with the sun slowly creeping across the cityscape
Griffith Observatory catches the sun!
We get closer to the entrance! Little details start to emerge.
A view of one of the little alcoves in the walkways towards the front door.
More details in the walkway leading to the house
A sneaky view of folks inside
The first room as you walk in to your left! A dining room and a peek through to the kitchen. Look at that furniture!
I wish I knew more about the furniture and the Japanese screen and wood built ins.
We were certainly not alone, at least 40-50 other folks in the house with us
A view out of the windows those folks were photographing out of
Here’s the central space. The home seems to be organized around this large sitting area.
Loooong gorgeously lit corridor that leads to a sculpture.
Past the corridor there’s a little reading room/library, with a gorgeous purple carpet
A view from the other side of the living room. You can see a dug out little area on the left, I think it was supposed to be a working water feature (but alas never worked)
Stained glass inside the house, dividing two spaces
Brass rimmed windows
I loved this space the most
It was a little noook across from these gorgeous big wooden cabinets, with little hexagon detailing.
A view of our fellow party guests
Catching the light from the statue corridor.
And here’s a 30 Seconds video on the morning. Enjoy!
Thanks for reading!
Much love friends.