Thursday, May 6, 2010

Do It. Hollyhock house.

The first time I went to the Frank Lloyd Wright house in Hollywood I was probably 6-7 years old. The stunning architecture on the sprawling hilly estate, the view of all of Los Angeles including the neighboring Griffith Observatory, the strange square designs and antiquated-but-classy furnishings made me imagine one day living in FLW's famous Hollyhock House.

Years later, I'd lost the desire to live in the house-cum-museum, but the design and view are still a sight that made me want to return.

In my opinion, this is a gorgeous LA landmark and an excellent day trip. I'm not sure whether Wright was able to foresee the Eastside having it's excellent bookstores, restaurants, and shops nearly 100 years later, but the proximity to excellent eateries mean you don't need to pack a lunch if you're heading up to the Hollyhock House.

Nearby Figaro is excellent, as is the very nice Skylight Books if you wanted to pick up a new book on the way home (when wouldn't this seem like a good idea?), possibly one about the famous Mr. Wright. Also, if you're feeling ambitious, Griffith Observatory is just a stone's throw away, if you wanted to squeeze in some hiking.

For those who are opting for public transportation to the area, the Hollyhock House is close to the Vermont/Sunset Red Line station.

Ticketed tours to the Hollyhock House are every hour beginning at 12:30 p.m. and ending at 3:30 p.m. Tickets cost $7 for adults.

The Hollyhock House is located at 4800 Hollywood Blvd.

-- Lauren Williams

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