Detail of cast concrete Hollyhock motif on the western facade of Hollyhock House, Los Angeles designed by architect Frank Lloyd Wright. Photo: Quintin Lake

The Aline Barnsdall Hollyhock House,sits at the centre of in Barnsdall Art Park in East Hollywood, California, California was designed by architect Frank Lloyd Wright 1919–1921. Like the Charles Ennis House, executed later, this house illustrates Wright’s fascination with the stylised forms of  pre-Columbian architecture, in this case Mayan temples. Wright called the style rather disingenuously California Romanza. The stylised patterns of hollyhocks repeated in cast concrete and the window design was due to the Aline Barnsdall’s fondness for the flower. The building was restored after undergoing extensive damage from the 1994 Northridge Earthquake.

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