Frank Lloyd Wright's Hollyhock House Designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site | Link TV
Frank Lloyd Wright's Hollyhock House Designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site
LOS ANGELES (CNS) - City Councilman Mitch O'Farrell led a celebration today to mark the addition of Hollyhock House, an east Hollywood landmark designed by famed architect Frank Lloyd Wright, to the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
The city-owned Hollyhock House, located within Barnsdall Art Park, is the first UNESCO site in Los Angeles and the third such site in the state of California.
"This designation as a UNESCO World Heritage site underscores the significance of Los Angeles' rich history of modern architecture," O'Farrell said. "Frank Lloyd Wright's Hollyhock House is a beloved masterpiece locally and now a treasure worldwide. The inscription of this nomination marks the first modern architectural cultural property designation not only in California, but the United States."
According to the Barnsdall Art Park website, Hollyhock House was built between 1919 and 1921 as the personal residence of oil heiress Aline Barnsdall, who asked the architect to incorporate her favorite flower -- the hollyhock — into the design. The house — Wright's first Los Angeles commission — was a harbinger of California Modernism architecture, according to the website.
More About Frank Lloyd Wright
Jeffrey Herr, a curator at Hollyhock House, said the designation to the UNESCO list was a 14-year effort among various city, state and federal agencies, as well as the Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy.
"This is a wonderful moment. It is a unique moment because it's a moment that will have consequences far beyond our lifetimes," Herr said, as he thanked all the volunteers who facilitate the thousands of visitors to the house each year.
O'Farrell also said more improvements will start on Residence A, a separate structure within the 11 1/2-acre Barnsdall Art Park, which also houses the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery, the Junior Arts Center and adult art programs, and the Barnsdall Gallery Theatre, a low-cost venue for the performing arts.
Barnsdall gave the acreage to the city of Los Angeles in 1927 and stipulated that the site must "forever remain a public park... for the enjoyment of the community in general [and that] no buildings be erected except for art purposes." Los Angeles' Department of Cultural Affairs operates the cultural and artistic programs at Barnsdall Park, while the grounds are maintained by the Department of Recreation and Parks.
Connect with Link TV
Detail of the Hollyhock House | Still from "Artbound" S9 E1: That Far Corner - Frank Lloyd Wright in Los Angeles
“We get it all the time — people come up to us and say, ‘We didn't know that Black people live in Santa Monica,” Carolyne Edwards said. “And there was a huge population there.”
On the Shoulders of Giants: The Lineage and Growth of California’s Intergenerational, Multiracial Youth Movement
The early and ongoing commitments of movement elders helped set the stage for young social movement leaders addressing many of the pressing issues facing our nation today.
Young people have a pivotal role in some of today's biggest issues. See how their voices have helped shaped movements around the world.
The closure of migrant learning centers in the southern province of Ranong has driven hundreds of Burmese children into work.
"Artbound" looks at the dinnerware of Heath Ceramics and a design that has stood the test of time since the company began in the late 1940’s.
Inspired by Oaxacan traditions, Dia de Los Muertos was brought to L.A. in the '70s as a way to enrich and reclaim Chicano identity. It has since grown in proportions and is celebrated around the world.
Gospel music would not be what it is today if not for the impact left by Los Angeles in the late 60’s and early 70’s, a time defined by political movements across the country.
A behind-the-scenes look at the contemporary art world through the eyes of a legendary art dealer and curator, Jeffrey Deitch.
Frank Lloyd Wright accelerated the search for L.A.'s authentic architecture. This episode explores the provocative theory that his early homes in L.A. were also a means of artistic catharsis for Wright.