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Many of Hollyhock's original Frank Lloyd Wright-designed furnishings went missing in the 1940s and '50s, but the curatorial staff has re-created the early interiors with a mix of reproductions and vintage Wright pieces purchased at auctions.
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With its abstract frieze of a hollyhock, the fireplace incorporates the elements of fire, earth, and water; its moatlike trough was connected to a pool that flowed under the home.
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The Roof Terrace
A cast-concrete hollyhock stands on the roof terrace. The roof contributed to a flood one rainy winter (a problem often associated with flat-roofed houses). "Aline Barnsdall wrote a letter to a friend that read, 'Sure, go ahead and build a Frank Lloyd Wright house, if you want to camp out in a tent on the lawn every time it rains,'" curator Jeffrey Herr says.
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Wright was famous for his use of elaborate art-glass windows. In Hollyhock, the art glass serves as "light screens" to allow for generous views of the inner courtyard.
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The galley kitchen was redesigned during Lloyd Wright's 1944 restoration of the house. After that, Formica replaced the original dark mahogany, which Herr hopes to restore.
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The Dining Room
The dark-mahogany-paneled dining room is deliberately modest (Barnsdall preferred entertaining at hotels). The pattern along the back of each Wright-designed chair is meant to represent a hollyhock. The hanging light fixture, made of custom-designed embroidered linen, fabric cord, and tassels, was copied from one in a fading photograph of the room that the curators found. "We're staying true to the style of the time," Herr says, "not starting a trend!"
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Hollyhock's terrace looks onto the Hollywood Hills, a view that's particularly spectacular at sunset.