the Center is thus separated somewhat from the neighborhood, which is unfortunate considering the nature of the events conducted there and the way the Center promotes inclusion.
Hollyhock House, designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, was built in 1920. It is a Mayan-style building that took four years to construct. It is a massive complex of individual units, courtyards, gardens, pergolas, and bridges. The whole is a mass of poured concrete. There are relatively few windows in this structure. In a way, the building is a maze, as fitted the desires of Aline Barnsdall, who commissioned it. The house stands today on the grounds that have been donated to the city as Barnsdall Park in East Hollywood.
Aline Barnsdall had ideas that would be called socialist in spite of her wealth, and she envisioned a "peoples park" when she gave her estate to the city. However, the city sold off much of it and left only the house and a portion of the grounds. The main house was built by Wright, while the ancillary building now known as Studio-Residence A was designed by Schindler. However, Schindler had acted as supervisor on construction of the main house and owed much to Wright's prairie style.
Hollyhock House itself has been recently restored. It was allowed to fall into disrepair in the 1950s, and much of the exterior and interior alike have been restored. Some of this is different than originally intended, notably in some of the furnishings and the tiles, but the overall effect is as originally intended. The size of the building is hidden by the foliage and by the shape itself, and from the north side you can only see a portion of the structure without moving around it to the west.
The Los Angeles Music Center has been a major cultural center for the city for some 30 years. It consists of three major theaters, each with its own specific purpose. These are the Ahmanson Theater, the Dorothy Chandler Pavillion, and the Mark Taper Fo...
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