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Iconic Hollyhock House Is Getting a Virtual Reality Tour

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An online virtual reality tour of the Hollyhock House at Barnsdall Art Park is set to debut this fall, the Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs announced Monday.

The City Council approved $133,000 in funding last year to produce the online virtual reality tour due of the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed home in East Hollywood, which was built before the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.

Because it is a National Historic Landmark, it cannot be altered to increase accessibility.

"Everyone should be able to experience L.A.'s cultural landmarks," Mayor Eric Garcetti said. "Hollyhock House is a remarkable piece of architecture, and a virtual reality will allow people with disabilities and the elderly to explore a location with deep history in our city."

The building was constructed between 1919 and 1921 for oil heiress Louise Aline Barnsdall, who donated it to the city in 1927. The house was reopened to the public in 2015 after a three-year restoration.

A Los Angeles-based firm, AVA Inclusivity, was chosen to produce the VR tour, which will be available both onsite and remotely through a web browser.

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