Article: Hollyhock House to reopen in February

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DavidC
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Article: Hollyhock House to reopen in February

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Wish they'd have included a correct opening date.

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Hollyhock House Opening

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It appears that the house will be open to the public starting February 13th with a ribbon cutting at 4 PM followed by a 24 hour period of self guided tours.

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There is no Neutra building in the park.

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Frank Lloyd Wright's Hollyhock House To Reopen

Some nice B&W photos in the above link. And, I like how Wright extended the ceiling fixture to follow the angle where the ceiling begins it's upward slope.


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David, the dining room ceiling light was designed by Lloyd for the 1946 renovation. FLW's design for the lighting, which was not installed, consisted of 6 half-globes set into the ceiling along the north end of the room within squares of wood trim, each of which was attached by wood trim to 6 Robie-like circle-in-the-square fixtures extending beyond the flat ceiling. Someone (probably Aline) hung a fabric shade from the original single ceiling fixture. There is a faint early photograph in Kathryn Smith's book on the subject (page 124). I believe that unsightly rag has been reinstalled recently.

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Aak. How can that happen ?

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Roderick:

Thanks for letting me know. Do any of the current rooms have the Robie-esque light fixtures left?


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Several years ago the house installed a non-working wooden copy of one of these fixtures in the loggia. I don't know what it has now.

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Reidy, I'm not sure you're right, nor do I know you're wrong about that, since I haven't been up there for nine years, but the wood fixtures that were added to the loggia are nothing like Robie. An early b/w photo of the loggia shows a hard-to-discern image of light fixtures on the piers flanking the doorway to the garden court. Around the turn of the century, Ginny heard that one of the original fixtures was owned by a man in the Valley. We went out to his house, along with Jim Ipekjian, the master craftsman who built the living room furniture, and made full-scale drawings of the light (which was obviously designed by RMS) from which sconces were made. That they have never been hooked up is reasonable, since they are hung on solid masonry piers holding up a concrete ceiling, making wiring difficult and expensive.

The fixtures are rectilinear, about the size of shoe boxes on end. I doubt they would add appreciably to the luminance in the loggia had they been connected.

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Interview with Jeffrey Herr, House Curator

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Does anyone know if the restorers have brought back the original gray-green stucco color? After the 2000-2005 restoration it had the restored color above the cornice and Lloyd's sandstone pink below (see DavidC's LACurbed link above), and I wonder if it's still in that condition.

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