Hollyhock House Added to World Heritage List

Hollyhock House was recently named a UNESCO World Heritage Site (photo by Charlie Hess)

UNESCO recently announced the World Heritage Committee, added “The 20th-Century Architecture of Frank Lloyd Wright,” which included eight of Wright’s more recognizable designs, included LA’s Hollyhock House to UNESCO’s World Heritage List.

“The designation includes homes Wright designed for clients, like Fallingwater in Pennsylvania, Hollyhock House in Los Angeles, the Robie House in Chicago and the Jacobs House in Wisconsin, alongside the sites that served as his private residences and housed his architecture school — Taliesin in Spring Green, Wis., and Taliesin West in Arizona. It also includes famous public works that bookend his career: Unity Temple, built between 1906 and 1908 in Oak Park, Ill., and the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York, which was completed in 1959,” reported the New York Times.

The well-deserved recognition was a a long time in the making. In January 2015, the United States Department of the Interior announced its decision, after seven years of work and discussion, to nominate the 1921 Los Angeles home, along with nine other works by Wright, to the Unesco World Heritage List, which includes icons like the Taj Mahal and Statue of Liberty, reported the Times in 2015.

Brookside resident and photographer Charlie Hess, who served as a volunteer docent at Hollyhock House for several years, shared some his favorite photos with the Buzz.

We hope Charlie’s stunning images will inspire you to see this wonderful LA treasure for yourself and support the City’s preservation efforts of this now, World Heritage Site.

 

 

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About Patricia Lombard

Patricia Lombard is the co-editor and publisher of the Larchmont Buzz. Patty lives with her family in Fremont Place. She has been active in neighborhood issues since moving here in 1989. Her pictorial history, "Larchmont" for Arcadia Press is available at Chevalier's Books.

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