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Mabel and Charles Ennis House, 1923
Designed for Mabel and Charles Ennis in 1923 and completed in 1925, the Ennis House was Frank Lloyd Wright's last Los Angeles-area textile block-style projects and the largest. Ennis lived in the house for only a few years before he died. His widow sold it in 1936. After passing through five owners, it was purchased by Augustus Oliver Brown, who lived in it for many years, opened it for tours and donated it for public use. For a time, it was called the Ennis-Brown House in his honor.
In Architectural Digest (October 1979) Thomas Heinz writes: "Wright transforms cold industrial concrete to a warm decorative material used as a frame for interior features like windows and fireplaces as well as columns."
Ennis House is large (6,200 square feet), built on a hillside, a site that has caused it much trouble. It consists of the main house and a separate chauffeur's quarters, made from more than 27,000 concrete blocks; all made by hand using decomposed granite taken from the site.
T...he 1994 Northridge earthquake and 2005's heavy rainfall severely damaged its underpinnings. A retaining wall collapsed, and the Ennis House closed to the public. For a time, its continued existence was in doubt, but as of mid-2001, it has a new owner who is committed to its restoration. He has agreed to open it to the public for a minimum of 12 days per year.
Meanwhile, you can see some photos of it here.Continue to 2 of 3 below.
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More About the Ennis House - and More of California's Wright Sites
Sited on a hillside overlooking the city of Los Angeles, Wright's last and largest textile block house in Los Angeles commands attention even from the street below it.
Its eye-catching presence has not been lost on the Hollywood film industry, and it has starred in many movies. It may be best known as the place where Rick Deckard (Harrison Ford) lived in the 1982 film Blade Runner, but it has also appeared in countless films, television shows, commercials and photo shoots.Continue to 3 of 3 below.
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What You Need to Know About Ennis House
The Ennis House is located at:
2655 Glendower Avenue
Los Angeles, CA
The house is a private residence and not open for tours at this time. Be respectful and don't go climbing over the fence or under the gate just to get that selfie you think you can't live without.
In fact, the best way to get a clear view fo the Ennis House is from the grounds of the Hollyhock House, although you will need binoculars to get a good look.
More of the Wright Sites
The Ennis House is one of nine Frank Lloyd Wright-designed structures in the Los Angeles area. Use the guide to Wright Sites in Los Angeles to find the rest.
It is also one of Wright's designs which are on the National Register of Historic Places. Others include the Anderton Court Shops, Hollyhock House, Samuel Freeman House, Hanna House, Marin Civic Center, the Millard House, and the Storer House.
Wright designed only four California structures like the Ennis House using intricately patterned concrete "textile blocks."... They're all in Southern California: Storer House, Millard House (La Miniatura), and the Samuel Freeman House.
Wright's work isn't all in the Los Angeles area. The San Francisco area is also home to eight of them, including two of his most important works. Use the guide to Frank Lloyd Wright in the San Francisco area to find them.You'll also find several houses, a church, and a medical clinic in some of the most unexpected places. Here's where to find Wright sites in the rest of California.
Don't be confused if you find more "Wright" sites in the LA area than are mentioned in our guide. Lloyd Wright (son of the famous Frank) also has an impressive portfolio that includes Wayfarers Chapel in Palos Verdes, the John Sowden House and the original bandshell for the Hollywood Bowl.
More to See Nearby
If you're an architecture lover, check this list of famous Los Angeles houses that are open to the public, including Richard Neutra's VDL house, the Eames house (home of designers Charles and Ray Eames), and Pierre Koenig's Stahl House.
Other sites of particular architectural interest include the Disney Concert Hall and Broad Museum in downtown Los Angeles, Richard Meier's Getty Center, the iconic Capitol Records Building, Cesar Pelli's boldly colored geometric Pacific Design Center.