Signage at the north edge of Barnsdall Park along Hollywood Boulevard. Photo by  Junkyardsparkle (Own work) [CC0], via Wikimedia Commons
Signage at the north edge of Barnsdall Park along Hollywood Boulevard. Photo by Junkyardsparkle (Own work) [CC0], via Wikimedia Commons
Los Angeles City Councilman Mitch O’Farrell announced plans for a $3.2 million restoration of a guest house at Barnsdall Art Park that was designed by Frank Lloyd Wright.

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

O’Farrell Friday 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.

“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 theatre, art gallery and arts centers.

—City News Service

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