Frank Lloyd Wright Tours in Los Angeles: Mini Frank Lloyd Wright Tour
The Mini Frank Lloyd Wright Tour is a 60-minute walking tour of Los Angeles that examines two of Frank Lloyd Wright's most iconic designs: the Hollyhock House and the Ennis House. The tour begins at Barnsdall Art Park in Hollywood for a tour of the multi-building complex that Wright designed. The signature structure at Barnsdall Park is the Hollyhock House, which was the first project that Wright built in LA. The Hollyhock House was built on Olive Hill for oil heiress Aline Barnsdall in the early 1920's and was part of a larger vision that included an avant-garde theater and artist colony. The complex was only partially realized, and Barnsdall only lived in the Hollyhock House for a few years before deeding the property to the City of Los Angeles on the condition that the property remain open to the public as an art park.
After extensively exploring the grounds around Hollyhock House, you'll follow the tour guide in your own vehicle for the 5-minute drive up to the Ennis House. There, you'll get out to view and discuss this most monumental of houses as you walk around the exterior and learn about the current restoration of the Ennis House. Set above Hollywood and Los Feliz, the Ennis House is one of Frank Lloyd Wright's most famous houses not only in LA, but in the world as it has been used as a filming location for several feature films, including Blade Runner. The Ennis House is one of only a handful of buildings that Wright designed in California known as the "concrete textile-block houses". Wright designed a stylized pattern specifically for the Ennis House that is repeated throughout many of the building's 27,000 blocks. Because of its unique position in the hills, the Ennis House is viewed from several different angles while on the tour, and is discussed in detail from an architectural and historical perspective.
This architectural walking tour is a fun way to view and learn about Frank Lloyd Wright's architecture in Los Angeles while also getting a cultural glimpse of an under-explored part of the city. The Mini Frank Lloyd Wright Tour begins at Barnsdall Art Park, and is available as a private tour or group tour.
Although the walking portion of the tour is not rigorous, do be aware that part of the route is uphill and includes a staircase. Also note that you will need your own vehicle for the 5-minute drive up to the Ennis House. Please note that this tour does not include an interior tour of the Hollyhock House.