Hollyhock House in Los Angeles has reopened after years of
renovation work. Designed by Frank Lloyd Wright for Aline Barnsdall in 1919-21,
it is now restored to its pristine Mayan Revival style.
The furniture has been
reconstructed according to old photos and original designs. Last week the house was open
to the public for a 24 hour preview. And, as a one-time privilege, visitors
were allowed to take photos!
We went there on Friday night, thinking that few people would
brave the infamous end-of-week traffic in L.A. but we were wrong. Hundreds of
people did. We had to line up for 2 ½ hours to get in. Such cultural enthusiasm,
can you believe it?