RESIDENCE A, BARNSDALL ART PARK
4800 Hollywood Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90027
Like the Hollyhock House, Residence A will soon be restored to its original splendor. Project Restore is partnering with Los Angeles City forces in restoring this significant historic structure located at Barnsdall Art Park.
As part of Frank Lloyd Wright’s first project in Los Angeles, Residence A, also referred to as “The Director’s House,” was originally envisioned by Aline Barnsdall to act as a smaller auxiliary residence for a theater director to the central Hollyhock House. Recognized as a Los Angeles Historic Cultural Monument, the building was used as a center for youth activity known as the “Barnsdall Playground” and “Barnsdall Arts and Crafts Center” for more than 70 years after it was donated to the City of Los Angeles.
The building began showing structural issues as early as the 1970s, and the 1994 Northridge Earthquake caused serious property damage that lead to its closure. With funding from Councilmember Mitch O’Farrell’s office, Project Restore has been leading the major restoration effort in partnership with the Bureau of Engineering, General Services Department and the Department of Cultural Affairs.
The first year of the project was spent in design; studying, testing materials and doing research. However, the major construction got started mid-2018. Additional structural work is continuing into 2019. Once the house is waterproofed and additional structural support is installed, the team will move on to making the space usable.
Along with the recently restored Hollyhock House, the restoration of Residence A will help attract more visitors to the park to enjoy all of the art facilities.