There is an old mansion on top of a hill that overlooks Los Angeles basin and the Hollywood Hills. The famous Frank Lloyd Wright for Aline Barnsdall, a wife of an oil tycoon, built the Aline Barnsdall Hollyhock House. The Hollyhock House is the main attraction at Barnsdall Art Park.
Built in 1921, the house has a central courtyard and terraces designed with a “Mayan” appearance. The Mayan Revival architectural style gives the house lots of open spaces and livable feel for such a large mansion. The original goal of this park was for a home, a theatre, and an art gallery.
The art gallery at the top of the mountain is open during construction. I attended the Contemporary art gallery at the park as part of a city wide Art project by LAXART. The gallery participates in local art events as part of the Los Angeles County of Arts.
Events range from outdoor festivals and lectures. The art gallery is free. There are film screenings and special guest lectures. Local families take their children here for family friendly art and cultural events.
I like the beautiful view of Los Angeles from this lovely house.
As of this writing, parts of the Hollyhock House are under restoration. The Art Gallery and the park are open to visitors.
Barnsdale Park is open.
Closed for restoration, call for details, 323-644-6269. Tours during this time will be cancelled. I heard it will be open summer, 2014.
Check out the calendar for events.
Farmers Market every Wednesday: 12:00 – 18:00.
Friday Night Wine Tasting summer.