Frank Lloyd Wright made a name for himself with incredible designs and architectural feats. One of those incredible homes, the Ennis House, is up for sale. If you can pay the price, you can live “Wright” in a house deemed a city, state, and national landmark.
The Ennis House was part of the Mayan Revival architecture movement. Write built it after building the La Miniatura in Pasadena and the Storer and Freemen Houses in Hollywood Hills. The Ennis House is the fourth house built in Wright’s textile block designs, and is the largest of those houses. The textile block design consisted of constructing buildings using primarily pre-cast concrete blocks. In the case of the Ennis House, these blocks were inspired by the symmetrical reliefs of the Puuc architecture of Uxmal. The stones of Puuc architecture are noted for their intricate mosaics, which often repeated alternating geometric patterns. The Ennis House uses the same approach.
Wright designed the house for Charles and Mabel Ennis in 1923. Construction was completed in 1924. When costs escalated during construction, the Ennises took over. The house had reached the windows stage. Though construction was completed, the Ennises deviated from Wright’s original design. John Nesbitt bought the home in 1940. Nesbitt brought Wright back to add in a pool, a billiard room, and a heating system. Augustus O. Brown, the eighth owner of the home, donated the home to the Trust for Preservation of Cultural Heritage. Billionaire Ronald Burke was the most current owner.