Frank Lloyd Wright’s Ennis House – immortalised in Hollywood films like Blade Runner – has gone on sale for $23m following a massive restoration.
The 1924 dwelling was built for Charles and Mabel Ennis and has been on the National Register of Historic Places since 1971. It’s among a handful of Maya-inspired dwellings built by the architect in southern California.
Ennis House sits on a half-acre plot in Los Angeles’ Los Feliz neighbourhood and features a textile block design, constructed with 27,000 interlocking concrete blocks and decorated with an ornamental relief. Monumental in scale, the 5,500 sq ft property’s design is based on ancient Maya temples, with staggered terraces, wraparound walkways and patios.
After it was damaged during the 1994 Northridge earthquake, the three-bedroom Los Angeles property languished on the ‘most at risk’ list for a number of years. It underwent a partial restoration in 2007 before billionaire businessman Ron Burkle bought the storied home in 2011 for $4.5m.
Burkle is reported to have spent around $17m restoring the building and its interiors to Frank Lloyd Wright’s vision, and it’s now quietly on the market fully furnished via Branden and Rayni Williams of Hilton & Hyland, and Ron De Salvo of Coldwell Banker.
Revived interiors feature concrete columns decked in reliefs, soaring beamed ceilings, stained glass windows and mosaic walls.