Ennis House LA

In yesterday’s post I offered a distant glimpse of the Frank Lloyd Wright designed Ennis House on a hilltop in Los Feliz, Los Angeles USA. It was a truly magical experience to see this house and I don’t think I had any idea of what to expect! It looks like a huge Mayan Temple and I was blown away by the scale, design and extraordinary ‘presence’ of this amazing building. There was no opportunity to go inside but these are the photos that Nigel took from the outside when we were there in May 2010.

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This is a 1600px-wide image to allow a closer look at the gate detail.
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We had quite a walk to eventually get to the gate as we had to walk along the street at the bottom of the property and then climb up and around the house, to the street on the other side at the top. All these photos were taken before we got to the gate.


All these photos are in sequence.



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Further Information

The following link is to an excellent guided video tour by the Curator Tim Gleason that takes you inside the house and also shows the stunning views from the balcony.

Ennis House Video Tour  –  quick overview but very good!

Text by Liz, photos by Nigel; Exploring Colour (2020)

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    1. Yes haha, I’m pleased you’ve mentioned the fortress aspect! It being on top of a hill and our first view being from below, with all that wall in front of us, it definitely looked “fortress”. I couldn’t believe what I was seeing!

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  1. Wow! That’s an amazing building – it does look very much like a Mayan temple. I imagine that seeing it must be rather overwhelming!

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  2. This is great, Liz, what an unusual concept, very striking. It’s hard to believe Wright was able to do something so adventurous a century ago. Those concrete blocks appear to be holding up in fine style, after all those years. I bet the ancient Mayan priests would be delighted, too!

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    1. It’s striking alright! It’s also taken a lot of investment in maintenance – the blurb at the video page said, “undergone years of thoughtful restoration at a cost of nearly $17 million.”

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