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See Wright's landmark Hollyhock House
through the prism of its artful glass

February 17, 2010 |  7:32 am

David Judson of the renowned Los Angeles glass workshop Judson Studios will lead 25 visitors on a special 1½-hour lecture and tour of Frank Lloyd Wright's Hollyhock House on Feb. 27. Judson will provide the historical background of art glass while pointing out details in the Wright landmark, including the gold mosaic of the living room fireplace and the skylight.

Hollyhock Judson Studios, founded in 1897, and Walter H. Judson, David’s great-grandfather, created the art glass for Hollyhock between 1919 and 1921, as well as Wright's landmark Ennis House in the nearby hills above Los Feliz. 

"The glass used in Hollyhock House is mostly zinc glass," Judson says. Less flexible than lead, zinc created a stiffer window, which worked better with Wright’s abstract geometric designs. The result, Judson says, is that "Frank Lloyd Wright could take a flower and make it geometric."

Wright also used primarily clear glass (rather than colored) to allow homeowners to observe the natural splendor outside.

Hollyhock House is in Barnsdall Art Park, 4800 Hollywood Blvd., Los Feliz. The Feb. 27 tour runs from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Cost:
 $20 donation. Reservations and payment are due by Feb. 20. Make your reservations by clicking here.

-- Terry Gardner

Photo credits: Gabriel Cifarelli

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