LA Frank Lloyd Wright Hike in Los Feliz


Hollyhock lawn

05.12.11

From the issue Trails of the City

All the Wright Moves

Get a double hit of Frank Lloyd Wright on this heart-pumping 3-mile wander in LA’s Los Feliz neighborhood. Start things off by scaling Hollywood’s historic Los Feliz Heights Steps, hung with bougainvillea and lined with brightly colored homes. Wind down the hill on Glendower Avenue to Frank Lloyd Wright’s colossal Ennis House, recognizable from its star turns in films like Blade Runner and House on Haunted Hill. The patterned concrete-block house made with decomposed granite was designed after an ancient Mayan temple (and, by the way, is currently for sale). Finish your descent on Glendower Avenue, ogling the ultra-flowery big lawns that attract hummingbirds and butterflies, and cut through the heart of Los Feliz on Vermont Avenue en route to Hollyhock House in Barnsdall Arts Park. This is Frank Lloyd Wright’s first LA project and a precursor to the Ennis House (note, again, the concrete façade and Mayan Revival style). Bonus payoff for your effort? The view of the Santa Monica Mountains from Hollyhock’s sprawling lawn (pictured). Just the Wright angle!

TIP: Get an inside peek at Hollyhock Wednesdays through Sundays, on hourly afternoon tours 12:30–3:30 ($7).

Park on Vermont Ave. just north of Los Feliz Blvd. (exit 141A off the I-5). Head east on Los Feliz Blvd. and north up the second side street, unmarked, which is Berendo St. Berendo ends one block up at the Los Feliz Heights Steps, marked with a placard, on your left. The stairs will lead you to Bonvue Ave. Follow Bonvue uphill to the next set of stairs distinguishable from the street by the tile mosaic of orange trees along its south-facing wall. After this set of about 300 steps, briefly interrupted by a cul-de-sac, head uphill on Glendower Ave. veering right at the fork. Wind up and back down the hill, pass the Ennis House on your right, take a left at the intersection with Bonvue Ave. to continue downhill on Glendower. Turn right on Vermont and head south several blocks. Take a right on Hollywood Blvd. from Vermont, and head one block east onto Barnsdall Art Park where you’ll take a short jog up Olive Hill on an unmarked concrete staircase to Hollyhock House. Dog-friendly, except for the Hollyhock House tour.

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