Luxe Listing: The Ennis House
The Ennis House located in the Los Feliz neighborhood in Los Angeles has long been a marveled structure among locals and fans of architecture. The home was designed by Frank Lloyd Wright in 1923 for men’s clothing store owner and Mayan architecture enthusiast Charles Ennis and his wife Mabel. To reflect Ennis’ love for the intricate designs found in Mayan temples, Wright created a design that included unique ornamentation inspired by the symmetrical reliefs found in Puuc architecture on many of the 27,000 blocks that make up the structure.
The last and the largest of Wright’s four textile block houses, this 6,200 square foot home is situated on three acres of land and hosts views from downtown Los Angeles to the Pacific Ocean. Each room flows effortlessly into the next creating an open floor plan that is both attractive and livable. The three-bedroom, four-bathroom space also has several comfortable features including, a remarkable outdoor pool, a game/screening room and a guest house which features an additional bedroom.
Known as one of the best examples of Mayan Revival architecture in the United States, the home’s extraordinary design has made it the backdrop of some of the most iconic films in American cinema. It has appeared in more than 80 motion pictures since its construction including Blade Runner (1982) and The Rocketeer (1991). Adding to its notoriety, the last private owner, Augustus O. Brown created the Trust for Preservation of Cultural Heritage, now known as the Ennis House Foundation to preserve the home for future generations. The space was also listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1971.
The home saw significant damage following the Northridge earthquake in 1994 and torrential rains of 2005 but has since undergone a $17 million restoration bringing the estate back to its former glory.
For more information on The Ennis House view the full listing page here.