A $500,000 grant from the National Park Service will be used to make repairs to a Frank Lloyd Wright-designed residence at the Aline Barnsdall Complex in East Hollywood, City Councilman Mitch O’Farrell announced Tuesday.
The grant was awarded to Project Restore, a nonprofit that works to preserve the city’s historical sites.
“The rehabilitation work on this long-neglected Frank Lloyd Wright-designed structure at Barnsdall Park will enable the city to return the space to the benefit of the public,” O’Farrell said. “I commend Project Restore on continuing to look for the remaining funds needed to complete the project and make this important cultural resource worthy of the title world-class.”
Residence A, also known as “The Director’s House,” was designed by Wright a century ago and is part of a National Historic Landmark nomination, according to O’Farrell’s office.
Originally meant as an auxiliary residence for a theater director, Residence A is part of a larger cultural arts complex anchored by the now-restored Hollyhock House, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
“We are very excited about this award because it will enable us to complete repairs and preserve this historically and culturally important space so that today’s Angelenos as well as future generations can experience Barnsdall Art Park in its totality, the way it was meant to be experienced,” said Ed Avila, president of Project Restore.
The award was one of five in California through the Save America’s Treasures grant program.