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Anyone who’s logged onto google today (i.e. just about everyone who uses the internets) knows a little something about Frank Lloyd Wright. Whether or not you esteem him to be the Greatest American Architect of All Time, the prolific master, who died at the age of 92 and would’ve turned 138 today, designed a gorgeously innovative -- if often structurally flawed -- building or two or few hundred.

Locally we’ve got Wright stuff to celebrate. The Hollyhock House opens to the public today after several years closures due to a lengthy rehabilitation project. The LA Times notes that two rehab phases remain to be completed, so the extensive undertaking isn't out of the woods yet. And while we applaud the future renaissance of the Hollyhock House, the quagmire that is the Ennis-Brown house (recently named one of the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s 11 Most Endangered sites) remains in peril.

The varying conditions of Wright’s LA-area oeuvre will provide plenty of grist for the mill when Wright scholars and devotees gather here this fall for the Wright in Hollywood conference.

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Photo via HollyhockHouse.net.