Hollyhock House ‘Residence A’ guest house undergoes restoration
The Hollyhock House was built between 1919 and 1921 for Aline Barnsdall, and it was Frank Lloyd Wright’s first commission in Los Angeles. In 2019, it became Los Angeles’ first UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is also one of eight Wright buildings that were collectively recognized as UNESCO’s first modern architecture designation in the United States.
“Residence A” was designed by Frank Lloyd Wright as a guest house to the Hollyhock House, and it is the first part of the Hollyhock House campus that guests see when they enter the park. The structure was completed in 1921 and is included in the Hollyhock House UNESCO World Heritage Site boundary.
“Hollyhock House and Residence A are world-class resources right in our own backyard, which is why the careful restoration of these treasures has been so important,” Councilman Mitch O’Farrell said. “It has been amazing to watch Residence A literally come back to life and shine atop Barnsdall Art Park, one of the jewels of the city’s parks system.”
The first phase of the restoration began in 2017 and cost more than $5 million, which was funded by the city, as well as the Community Redevelopment Agency and the National Park Service. Renovations included recreating exterior finishes, completing structural and seismic work and improving building systems.
“With Phase 1 completed, it’s onward to Phase 2 so we can not only celebrate the beauty and grandeur of this building, but enable all Angelenos to fully access, enjoy and learn from this priceless piece of history,” O’Farrell said.
Phase 2 will include interior detailing, furnishings, finishes, infrastructure repair, exterior landscaping and making the area compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act.
“At 100, this National Historic Landmark is being brought back to its original 1921 design for all to enjoy,” Abbey Chamberlain Brach, Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs’ Hollyhock House curator, said in a statement. “With its exterior lovingly restored, Residence A now showcases new facets of Frank Lloyd Wright’s work on Olive Hill, as well as the vision Aline Barnsdall and her architect shared for an arts community at Barnsdall Park.”