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Guesthouse at Barnsdall Park slated for restoration

LOS ANGELES — City Councilman Mitch O’Farrell has announced plans for a $3.2 million restoration of a guesthouse at Barnsdall Park that was designed by Frank Lloyd Wright.

Residence A was built as a guesthouse for the recently restored Hollyhock House, which was also designed by Wright.

O’Farrell said he has identified $1.9 million in redevelopment excess bond proceeds from his office to use on the project and is asking city staffers to work with the nonprofit Project Restore to find the rest of the $3.2 million.

O’Farrell said last year’s grand re-opening of the Hollyhock House, which drew large crowds, inspired him to look into restoring the 2,600-square-foot Residence A, which is in a dilapidated state.

“Just over a year ago, we celebrated the grand re-opening of Hollyhock House, which brought thousands of Angelenos to Olive Hill to imagine what it was like to live in Los Angeles in the 1920s,” O’Farrell said. “That event inspired a commitment from me which is now being quickly realized to the same for Residence A.

“I want to thank Project Restore and my staff on the collaboration, and I look forward to one day cutting the ribbon on a newly renovated structure at Barnsdall Park,” O’Farrell said.

The restoration project would include seismic retrofitting, roof and drainage system upgrades, and restoration of major parts of the building.

Ed Avila, president of Project Restore, thanked O’Farrell for the initial funding and “the opportunity to collaborate with the city of Los Angeles on this historically significant project.”

“The restoration and preservation of Residence A is essential to maintaining the integrity of the Hollyhock House and Barnsdall Art Park,” Avila said. “The people of Los Angeles feel great pride in the ownership of this incredible facility.”

Los Angeles Cultural Affairs Department General Manager Danielle Brazell said the restoration, “combined with the recent $4 million renovation of Hollyhock House, would result in bringing more people to the park,” which also has a theater, art gallery and arts centers.

 

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