Frank Lloyd Wright design Hollyhock House Restoration
In 2007, Project Restore sought funding for restoration of the Hollyhock House, with the assistance of then Council President Eric Garcetti. Project Restore became the recipient of a combined $2.424 million in funds from the California Cultural and Historical Endowment and the National Park Service. Matching funds were provided by the City of Los Angeles’ Bureau of Engineering and Department of Recreation & Parks. Project Restore, in partnership with Bureau of Engineering, oversaw the historic restoration, grant management and administration needed to stabilize, strengthen, and restore the nationally recognized landmark.
After careful research and consideration, Project Restore began to build it’s team of professionals and oversaw the restoration work including improvements to the historic garage and other character defining features of the home. The project was kicked off in September of 2010 with a reception attended by various elected officials, board of director’s, funders and project partners. With the support of Councilman Mitch O’Farrell the project was successfully completed and this historic national landmark was reopened to the public. The Cultural Affairs Department will oversee future programming.
Kevin Jew, Project Manager and Chief Operating Officer of Project Restore managed the $2.424 million in grants allocated for restoration and improvements, and contracted a team of professional preservationists and craftsmen. He coordinated the work of contractors and multi city agencies. The unique collaboration between city forces and Project Restore has provided successful results throughout the years, producing various recognitions and awards; most recently the prestigious 2014 Trustees Award for Excellence & the 2014 Restoration Award by the California Preservation Foundation and a preservation award from the Los Angeles Conservatory for the work at the Frank-Lloyd Wright designed Hollyhock House.
In addition, the house is on the tentative list of the first modern architecture nominations from the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) World Heritage list. If confirmed, the Hollyhock House will be among the first cultural (man-made) sites in the state.
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