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Night owls wait hours for peek at Frank Lloyd Wright's Hollyhock House




The restored Frank Lloyd Wright icon, Hollyhock House
The restored Frank Lloyd Wright icon, Hollyhock House
Elina Shatkin

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"Built between 1919 and 1921, it represents his earliest efforts to develop a regionally appropriate style of architecture for Southern California. Wright himself referred to it as California Romanza, using a musical term meaning 'freedom to make one’s own form.'"  

Barnsdall Art Park website

For 24 hours from Friday the 13th into Valentine's Day, thousands of lucky people toured the architectural icon they love, Frank Lloyd Wright's Hollyhock House.

The home, built almost 100 years ago, had been closed for years for a restoration, and as Off-Ramp contributor and night owl Elina Shatkin discovered, pent-up demand continued all through the night. 

(Elina Shatkin's Instagram feed)

One woman put her love for the 20th century architecturally iconic place in distinctly 21st century terms: "I wouldn't wait in line for an iPhone all night, but I would wait in line to see something as special as the Hollyhock House."

One acknowledged a Wright "geek" convinced his girlfriend to get out of bed to come see it. She was all warm and in her jammies, she said.

So, how much convincing did it take? He had to promise a nice Valentine's Day. (Off-Ramp does not know if he came through.)

Another woman thought coming late was the key to avoiding a line, "but it's still a three-hour wait right now."

Was it worth the wait? One attendee remembered a tour years ago when the place looked run down and smelled musty. She raved about the restoration.

Hollyhock House is now open Thursday through Sunday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. — as opposed to the one-time only nighttime tour.