Hollyhock House, which is one of the eight buildings included in The 20th-Century Architecture of Frank Lloyd WrightUNESCO World Heritage listing, is owned and operated by the City of Los Angeles. As a condition of its inclusion, the City committed to maintain four full-time staff positions dedicated to the site.

Unfortunately, 2024-2025 city budget proposals called for the permanent elimination of two vacant positions, reducing total staffing from four to the two positions that are currently filled. Both positions are essential to meeting UNESCO expectations. The current staffing cannot fully cover the responsibilities of these vacant positions. The Conservancy coordinates regular reporting to the World Heritage Committee and National Park Service which includes certification that each of the eight sites has sufficient staffing to perform interpretation and oversee maintenance and restoration. The failure of any one of the eight sites to fulfill any condition upon which the inscription is based weakens and jeopardizes the entire inscription.

On May 22, Conservancy Board member George Meyer attended a nearly 4-hour-long public meeting to advocate against proposed cuts. You can hear his brief remarks below in the video made available by the Los Angeles City Clerk:

When any Wright-designed building is threatened, the Conservancy’s board members, staff, and volunteers can be counted on to step up to advocate for preservation. We are cautiously optimistic that our efforts on behalf of Hollyhock House have helped build a persuasive case to properly staff this landmark of global significance going forward.

Posted May 30, 2024