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Frank Lloyd Wright's Hollyhock House Gets UN World Heritage Nomination

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The centerpiece of Barnsdall Art Park, the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Hollyhock House, may soon be a United Nations World Heritage site.

U.S. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar nominated the Hollyhock House, along with eleven other Frank Lloyd Wright-designed landmarks, to receive the UNESCO World Heritage designation.

To qualify for World Heritage status, a building must be not only an “outstanding” example of architecture but a “masterpiece of human creative genius,” according to KPCC.

Hollyhock House, designed in 1921 for Aline Barnsdall, is one of seven Frank Lloyd Wright homes around L.A. Tours of the house are open to the public on weekends ($7/adult).

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Most World Heritage sites in the U.S. are national parks, including Yosemite and Redwood in California. But Secretary Salazar looked to buck that trend today, nominating eleven Frank Lloyd Wright-designed properties, spanning 60 years of the architect's work.

Taliesin West, Scottsdale, Arizona
Hollyhock House, Los Angeles, California
Marin County Civic Center, San Rafael, California
Unity Temple, Oak Park, Illinois
Frederick C. Robie House, Chicago, Illinois
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, New York
Price Tower, Bartlesville, Oklahoma
Fallingwater, Mill Run, Pennsylvania
Herbert and Katherine Jacobs House, Madison, Wisconsin
S. C. Johnson & Son, Inc., Administration Building and Research Tower, Racine, Wisconsin
Taliesin, Spring Green, Wisconsin

The nominees could could be designated UN World Heritage sites by 2014.

Los Angeles-area Frank Lloyd Wright Homes:

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