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Frank Lloyd Wright's Restored Hollyhock House Reopens Next Month

The Hollyhock House (Photo by rictor-and-david via the Creative Commons on Flickr)
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The Hollyhock House is finally reopening to the public after six years of renovations. The Hollyhock House in Barnsdall Art Park is the first house designed by Frank Lloyd Wright in Los Angeles. Built between 1919-1921 for oil heiress Aline Barnsdall, the house has been a public museum since the '70s. However, it's also been under renovation since 2008. The $4 million restoration has involved recreating the floors, windows and molding, plus re-painting the house in its original colors, Curbed LA reports.

The house will reopen to the public on February 13. Mayor Eric Garcetti and Councilmember Mitch O'Farrell have a ribbon cutting ceremony planned at 4 p.m. that day, followed by a 24-hour period where guests can take self-guided tours of the house. Admission is $7 for adults, $3 students, seniors and children under 12. After the grand opening, the Hollyhock House will be open Thursdays through Sundays from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. for the same prices, according to The Eastsider.

The house became a National Historic Landmark in 2007, and Garcetti called the house "a crown jewel of Los Angeles architecture" in a release. Wright designed the house using an architecture style he described as "California Romanza," derived from a musical term that means "freedom to make one's own form." The Hollyhock House is named after the flowers, a favorite flower of Aline Barnsdall.