The Hollyhock House: Frank Lloyd Wright’s First California Project

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By Deb Flomberg

rsz hollyhock The Hollyhock House: Frank Lloyd Wrights First California Project

(Credit, Courtesy The Hollyhock House)

When you think about famous architects, chances are that one name immediately comes to mind. Of course that name is Frank Lloyd Wright, with his impressive history of amazing architectural works throughout the world. The Hollyhock House was Wright’s first project in Los Angeles, built between 1919 and 1923, representing his early efforts to find his southern California style. Wright called it California Romanza, meaning “freedom to make one’s own form.” You can tour this stunning home, making a stroll through this architectural wonder a fabulous date for someone special. 

The home was build on a 36 acre site called Olive Hill, and was build for Aline Barnsdall, an unconventional and independent woman that loved the arts. She met Frank Lloyd Write in Chicago when she was serving as the co-director of an experimental theater company. When she moved to California in 1915, she hired Wright to build her home, developing an innovative theatrical community in the process. The home was initially designed to include two secondary residences, a theater, a dormitory for actors, a director’s house, studios for artists, a cinema and shops. However, due to some financial difficulties, only the main residence and the two secondary residences were built. Though one of Barnsdall’s wishes was certainly fulfilled, and that was her love of the hollyhock flower, which can be found incorporated into the house in different and stylized ways.

Make sure to call before you set out for your tour, as recent construction has forced the home to close for tours. However, even if you can’t make it into the inside of the home, even a drive past this stunning home is worth the visit. No matter how you visit, you’ll clearly see why this amazing home was named one of the most significant structures of the 20th century by the American Institute of Architects.

A drive past the Hollyhock House is complimented perfectly when you make that drive in the 2013 CL600 Coupe from Mercedes-Benz of Encino. You’ll arrive in style as you and your date enjoy a luxurious and elegant ride in this stunning coupe. You’ll both love the comfort and class that you can only get with a Mercedes-Benz. Plus, once you are done visiting this beautiful home, you can extend your drive to include some other beautiful homes in southern California.

Deb Flomberg grew up in the mountains, developed a love for the beach and has found happiness on the open road. She is now a freelance writer, theater professional and travel enthusiast happy to be writing about the things she loves most.

This is a “sponsored post,” meaning the company who sponsored the article compensated me for writing the article. The opinions I have expressed, however, are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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