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Frank Lloyd Wright's Hollyhock House Gets Funding

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Since the 1994 Northridge Earthquake, architect Frank Lloyd Wright's Hollyhock House at Barnsdall Art Park in Hollywood has been damaged closed and has been awaiting repairs and retrofitting over the last 14 years (however, it is still open for tours). Some of the work has been done, thanks to Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) funds that went towards the first phase of seismic retrofitting, repairs, and restoration, but the usual wild card for getting anything done these days (one word: funding) hindered the other phases to be completed.

Luckily, today LA City Councilman Eric Garcetti announced that $1.935 million in state funding has been secured for a hopeful 2012 completion of the National Historical Landmark. “Frank Lloyd Wright’s Hollyhock House is a cultural and historic landmark. These funds will help us give it a proper restoration so that future generations can enjoy and admire its architecture,” said Garcetti in a statement.

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State Assistant Majority Leader Kevin de León also helped secure the funding from the California Cultural and Historical Endowment for the 1920s-designed home. Project Restore will transform the Hollyhock House into a museum-quality gallery and design space.