Frank Lloyd Wright was the first architect name I was introduced to. Throughout my life and travels as well as my interior design education I’ve made an effort to study and visit the buildings designed by Frank Lloyd Wright which are still around. On a recent trek to Southern California we made our way to Hollyhock House in East Hollywood.Currently undergoing a $2 million + renovation project, we could only forage around the exterior of the building, which did not disappoint.Completed in 1923, Hollyhock House commissioned by Aline Barnsdall was FLW’s first LA project.
Frank Lloyd Wright was an architect who at the most basic level, created 3D sculptures which people lived and worked in. Generic is not a term one could apply to anything completed by FLW. He was an architect back in the day when people where patrons of great design.He created the outside, inside, furniture and the full look and feel of each of his designs. He was not an architect who just did the building.
He created visual relationships with the exterior and interior of his buildings.
As the originator of the idea of organic architecture, FLW was adept at siting a building to take advantage of the natural landscape or in this case the view of the Los Angeles basin in one direction and the mountain skyline including the Griffith Park Observatory in the other.