Hollyhock House set to reopen for tourists Feb. 13

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Historic Hollyhock House is set to reopen Feb. 13 after going through a major renovation. (KABC)

A historic Hollywood home is ready for tourists after receiving a major renovation.

At the top of Barnsdall Park sits the Hollyhock House, the first home built in Los Angeles by famed architect Frank Lloyd Wright. The 94-year-old architectural masterpiece has been closed for a major renovation project since 2010.

But now the iconic home, which was built for American oil heiress Ailene Barnsdall, looks like it did in 1921.

The dining room has a fresh coat of paint, and the kitchen once again has mahogany counter tops, which Wright's son installed when it was popular 40 years ago.

In the hallway, hexagonal moldings that were removed have been recreated with precise craftsmanship. The restoration cost $4.3 million and was paid for with grants and matching funds from the city, which has owned the home since 1927.

As a way to preserve the life of the restorations, people who visit the Hollyhock House must wear booties over their shoes.

The park and the home reopen on Feb. 13. You can view the touring hours for the park, home and art galleries here.


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