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Photos: A Look Back At LA's Hollyhock House, Now A World-Class Architectural Landmark

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In 1963, it became one Los Angeles' first structures to become a historic-cultural monument. It was designated a National Historic Landmark in 2007. Now, Frank Lloyd Wright's iconic Hollyhock House has bragging rights on the world stage.

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization put Hollyhock House, along with seven other Wright-designed works on its World Heritage List. The selection was chosen for reflecting "the 'organic architecture' developed by Wright, which includes an open plan, a blurring of the boundaries between exterior and interior and the unprecedented use of materials such as steel and concrete," according to UNESCO officials.

Barnsdall Art Park, located in Little Armenia near the neighborhood's shared border with Los Feliz, is the home of Hollyhock House, named after the favorite flower of oil heiress Aline Barnsdall, who hired Wright to design and build the house in 1919. In 1927, Barnsdall gifted the land, and Hollyhock House, to the city of L.A. The site underwent its latest renovations from 2008 to 2014.

With the new distinction, the renowned architect's work now accounts for a third of the 24 U.S. sites to make the esteemed list. So, to celebrate one of L.A.'s slices of architecture history, here's a look back at Hollyhock House over the years.

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Aline Barnsdall stands with her dog near the Schindler Terrace of Hollyhock House in this undated photograph. (Courtesy Los Angeles Public Library archives)

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In 1919, Aline Barnsdall commissioned Frank Lloyd Wright to build Hollyhock House after her favorite flower, the hollyhock. This image is a visualization of Wright's interpretation a hollyhock flower. (Courtesy of Kathleen Thorne-Thomsen)

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Hollyhock House dominates the top of a hill in East Hollywood. You can even see the Pacific Ocean on a clear day. (Shana Daloria/KPCC file photo)

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View of archway and greenery, Hollyhock House circa 1939. (Courtesy Los Angeles Public Library archives)

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