Frank Lloyd Wright was an American architect, interior designer, writer, educator and the man the AIA crowned as “the greatest American architect of all time.”
Organic architecture, a principle he practiced that’s rooted in the belief that architecture belongs “where you see it standing – and is a grace to the landscape instead of a disgrace” was his guiding force in the 1,100 structures he designed in the U.S.
While his work spans from office to commercial buildings his most newsworthy structures are his single-family residences. And Los Angelinos have the pleasure of bearing witness to some of his most recognizable work.
The first home he designed in Los Angeles was for oil heiress Aline Barnsdall known as the Hollyhock House. Located in Los Feliz the structure sits on a 36-acre hilltop site known today as Barnsdall Art Park.
In 2015 this architectural monument went through a painstaking restoration supervised by Hollyhock House curator Jeffrey Herr along with Hsiao-Ling Ting of the city’s Bureau of Engineering, and Kevin Jew of the nonprofit Project Restore, which wrote the grant for the project.
After seeing the details up close and personal I’m going to guess this was the prototype for Wright’s signature Mayan Revival style. The dramatic volume of the structure is enhanced by geometric interpretations of the Hollyhock, Barnsdall’s favorite flowering plant. Wright went on to use decorative textile blocks in the Ennis House, the Millard House, the Samuel Freeman House, and the Storer House.
The Hollyhock House was donated to the city of Los Angeles in 1927.
Today, it is a public museum.
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