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About Hollyhock House Archive

The Hollyhock House Archive contains documentation on the creation, management, and preservation of Hollyhock House and the Aline Barnsdall Complex, of which it is a part. There are over 500 works in the archive, including original drawings, blueprints, and ephemera, which date from c. 1918 through the early 21st century.

Collection highlights have been digitized and published here by the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs (DCA) with support from California Arts Council.

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About Hollyhock House

Hollyhock House was Frank Lloyd Wright’s first Los Angeles commission and an ode to California – its freedom and natural beauty. Built between 1919 and 1921 for Aline Barnsdall, the house introduced young architects Rudolph Schindler and Richard Neutra to Los Angeles. It is a harbinger of California Modernism, which came to include celebrated homes by all three visionaries that continue to impact the direction of residential design.

In 1927, Barnsdall gifted Hollyhock House and twelve acres atop Olive Hill (now Barnsdall Park) to the City of Los Angeles. Throughout its history, the house has been an important center for the arts—as home of the California Art Club (1927–42), headquarters for the Olive Hill Foundation (1946–c. 1956), and a city-run house museum (1976–present). In 1954, Frank Lloyd Wright designed a temporary pavilion (1954–69) to host 60 Years of Living Architecture, an exhibition of his architectural work. Today Barnsdall Park has grown into a vibrant arts campus run by the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs and includes a permanent gallery (Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery, 1971), a theater, as well as the Barnsdall Art Center (1967) and Junior Art Center (1967) with classes offered throughout the year.

Hollyhock House is owned by the City of Los Angeles and operated by the Department of Cultural Affairs. For more information on Hollyhock House and its tour program, visit here.

About DCA

Formed in 1925, City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs (DCA) promotes arts and culture as a way to ignite a powerful dialogue, engage LA’s residents and visitors, and ensure LA’s varied cultures are recognized, acknowledged, and experienced. DCA’s mission is to strengthen the quality of life in Los Angeles by stimulating and supporting arts and cultural activities, ensuring public access to the arts for residents and visitors alike.

DCA advances the social and economic impact of arts and culture through grantmaking, public art, community arts, and strategic marketing and development. DCA creates and supports arts programming, maximizing relationships with other city agencies, artists, and arts and cultural nonprofit organizations to provide excellent service to all residents and visitors in neighborhoods throughout LA.


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Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by copyright beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the copyright owners. Copyright restrictions also apply to digital representations of the original materials. Works not in the public domain cannot be commercially exploited without permission of the copyright owner. Responsibility for any use rests exclusively with the user. City of Los Angeles.