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Guided Tour of Hollyhock House with Abbey Chamberlain Brach
November 30 | 10:00 am – 11:00 am
This is a bespoke tour for only ten people: don’t miss your chance for this behind-the-scenes tour with Hollyhock House Site Director & Curator Abbey Chamberlain Brach—book your ticket today!
“Now, with a radical client like Miss Barnsdall, a site like Olive Hill, a climate like California, an architect head on for freedom, something had to happen… So this Romanza of California came out on Olive Hill.” —Frank Lloyd Wright: An Autobiography, 1943
Heiress Aline Barnsdall (1882-1946) created a revolutionary life: a feminist, traveler, single mother by design, supporter of experimental Chicago theatre, close friend of Emma Goldman, early patron of The Hollywood Bowl, and champion of revolutionary causes. Barnsdsall commissioned an equally iconic home from Frank Lloyd Wright, intended to be the center of an Olive Hill arts complex. Barnsdall gifted Hollyhock House and Barnsdall Park to the City of Los Angeles in 1927, and it was designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2019.
“Hollyhock House has inspired generations of artists, architects, and designers. It is a harbinger of California Modernism and designed by Wright in response to the region, capturing the drama of Hollywood and embracing building traditions of the American southwest.” —Hollyhock House Education
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Image: Stan Ecklund, Courtesy City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs.
Abbey Chamberlain Brach is Site Director & Curator at Hollyhock House, part of the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs. She manages interpretation, restoration, and preservation, including a major restoration of the Residence A guest house begun in 2017. From 2012 to 2018, Abbey worked at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art as part of the decorative arts and design department—contributing to exhibitions on twentieth-century design dialogues between California and Mexico, the Arts and Crafts movement, and Peter Zumthor’s design for LACMA.
Abbey earned her master’s degree in American History at the University of Delaware, while working in the curatorial department at Winterthur Museum. She served as the Curator & Director of Education at the Santa Barbara Maritime Museum and the Assistant Education Coordinator for the Santa Barbara Trust for Historic Preservation, operating El Presidio de Santa Barbara State Historic Park and Casa de la Guerra.
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