Where can you enjoy beautiful views, visit art exhibits featuring Los Angeles artists and creators, and view architecture by Frank Lloyd Wright? If you haven’t been there, you definitely need to take a day to check out the Barnsdall Art Park in Los Feliz (near the Vista Theatre in Los Feliz).
The Barnsdall Art Park was the creation and home of Aline Barnsdall. Barnsdall was an experimental theatre director with wealth from the oil industry. In Chicago, she met the world-famous architect Frank Lloyd Wright. Once she experienced sunny Los Angeles, she decided to commission an experimental theater and arts community on Olive Hill. The community included the Barnsdall Residence (Hollyhock House) as well as two smaller buildings.
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Ultimately, Barnsdall decided to gift the park to the city. Located at 4800 Hollywood Blvd in East Hollywood, the park overlooks Hollywood from the top of Olive Hill and covers 36 acres of Southern California land. This Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monument near Hollywood and Vermont is bordered by the Hollywood Hills, Thai Town, Little Armenia, and Griffith Park. Barnsdall Art Park is known for its educational art programs, dedication to exhibiting contemporary and multicultural artwork of Los Angeles, and its beautiful views of the Los Angeles landscape and cityscape.
At Barnsdall Art Park, you will find and enjoy the following sites and experiences:
Barnsdall Gallery Theatre
This theatre venue seats 299 and hosts the Independent Shakespeare Company, the Artwallah Dance, the Thai Festival, and the Silverlake Conservatory of Music. Visit the Barnsdall Gallery Theatre to see dance performance, films, lectures, and special events. It is also available to rent for events like wedding and photo locations.
Junior Arts Center Gallery
More than eight-thousand children (in both local and outreach programs) are exposed to art through the Junior Arts Center Gallery. Three-years-old to eighteen-years-old can enjoy art classes for both children and their parents at the center. At the Junior Arts Center Gallery, you have the unique opportunity to view the students’ exhibits, where the diverse artwork of children is displayed and celebrated.
Exterior of Hollyhock House
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This National Historic Landmark, also known as the Aline Barnsdall Residence, has been restored and preserved over the years. At the Hollyhock House, you will find images of hollyhocks mixed into the decor and the architecture. If you love historic homes, do not miss the chance to tour the house. It was designed by Wright in 1919, and Wright’s son Lloyd and Wright’s assistant Rudolph Schindler. The home housed the meetings of the California Art Club when it was first donated to the city by Barnsdall. Wright’s work on the Hollyhock House features the Mayan Revival style, a central courtyard surrounded by roof terraces, art glass windows, an entertainment room, and a built-in moat that empties into a fountain. Wright also designed two smaller homes that are today used for artists in residency.
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Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery
Managed by the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs, the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery features artwork from local and international artists. The gallery focuses on the cultural diversity of the city and the state. Every year, the space hosts the exhibit for the DCA’s City of Los Angeles Individual Artist Fellowships. The 10,000-square-foot large gallery displays nine exhibits every year to share the contemporary work in California. The gallery also includes space large enough for installations, performance art, and sculpture. Other medias shown at the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery include video, photography, electronic art, architecture, and paintings.
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The upcoming exhibition Condemned to Be Modern, curated by Clara Kim, features pieces that explore and inspire discussion about Modernist architecture in Latin America. You can check it out between September 10th and January 28th.
To visit Barnsdall Art Park, you can get off on the Sunset and Vermont Metro Red Line stop. We hope you have a unique experience and learn something new about the landscape, architecture, and culture of Los Angeles.
About Los Feliz
You have more than likely heard of Walt Disney and Disneyland in Southern California, but you may not know that he first drew Mickey Mouse in his uncle’s garage in Los Feliz. Los Feliz is a neighborhood in central Los Angeles and is the home of approximately 35,500 Californians. Disney isn’t the only celebrity to work and live in Los Feliz; it has also been home to Brad Pitt, Beck, Adam Levine, Geena Davis, Val Kilmer, Katherine Heigl, Spike Jonze, Jenji Kohan, James Cameron, and more beloved Hollywood celebrities.
Los Feliz spans two-and-half acres, but it wasn’t always home to Hollywood’s artists and actors. It was originally a part of the Rancho Los Feliz Land Grant that was passed on to Corporal Jose Vicente Feliz. The grant eventually became what is known today as Los Feliz and Silver Lake. The adobe home built by Feliz’s family is still standing and available to visit in Griffith Park.
Los Feliz is known for its excellent shopping, vintage shopping, dining, and nightlife. The neighborhood is bordered by Hollywood, Silver Lake, the Santa Monica Mountains, Griffith Park, and the Los Angeles River. To get a sense of the area, visit Los Feliz Hills, Laughlin Park, Los Feliz Estates, Los Feliz Knolls, Los Feliz Square, and Franklin Hills.
If the Hollyhock House and the creations of Frank Lloyd Wright draw you to the area, then you have to stop by the Ennis House and the Sowden House. Other historic sites to visit in Los Feliz include the Feliz Adobe in Griffith Park, the Lovell health House by Richard Neutra, the Franklin Avenue Bridge (also known as the Shakespeare Bridge), and the first Walt Disney Animation Studio.
Enjoy your time in Los Feliz!
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