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.
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.
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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