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Residence A

Like the Hollyhock House, Residence A will soon be restored to its original splendor. Project Restore is partnering with Los Angeles City forces in restoring this significant historic structure located at Barnsdall Art Park.

Residence A - main entrance, visible wood deterioration

The 1920s Arts and Crafts style building designed by famed architect Frank Lloyd Wright sits in a dilapidated state not far from the newly restored Hollyhock House. Referred to as “The Director’s House,” it was envisioned by Aline Barnsdall originally to act as a smaller auxiliary residence for a theater director to the central Hollyhock House. As Barnsdall’s master plan was not fully implemented, the building was used for art classes for more than 70 years after it was donated to the City of Los Angeles in 1927. Residence A is recognized as a Los Angeles Historic Cultural Monument.


East-north elevation, visible wood deterioration

The property suffered serious damage due to the 1994 Northridge Earthquake, to the point where it had to be vacated and has not been in use for over a decade. Without proper maintenance, the structure continued to deteriorate.


View from the dining room looking down to the living room, water damage

Main entrance, structurally damaged retaining wall   

Plaster damage in stairwell

Project Restore is grateful to Councilmember Mitch O’Farrell for identifying the much needed funds to initiate the restoration work. Project Restore will collaborate with the City of Los Angeles on this historically significant project. Close to $1.9 million in funding has been allocated from the Community Redevelopment Excess Bond Proceeds.The projected $3.2 million restoration scope of work will include structural strengthening and upgrades to the mechanical and electrical systems.


Left to right: Nancy Lopez, Project Restore, Councilmember Mitch O’Farrell, and Ed Avila, President of Project Restore

A team of professionals is currently being assembled in partnership with the Department of Cultural Affairs, the Bureau of Engineering and the General Services Department to kick-start Residence A’s restoration work. At the same time, Project Restore will continue to work closely with Councilmember O’Farrell’s office to help identify additional funds to complete the project.

Along with the recently restored Hollyhock House, the restoration of Residence A will help attract more visitors to the park to enjoy all of the art facilities.

 

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