Ennis On the Block

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Friday, June 19, 2009
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Reuters today reports that Frank Lloyd Wright’s famed Ennis House in Los Feliz has been put on the market for $15 million, potentially taking it out of the public realm. The textile block house, which looks a lot like a large Mayan Temple, was made famous for its role in Blade Runner and a slew of other movies and tv shows. According to Ennis House Foundation president James DeMeo, the foundation just didn’t have the ability to keep it going: “We’ve made a lot of progress, but at this point a private owner with the right vision and sufficient resources can better preserve the house than we can as a small nonprofit.” The foundation said the house, which had been renovated and repaired after the 1994 Northridge Earthquake, still requires a further $5 to $7 million in renovation. It also didn’t help that, as our own reports showed, neighbors had been clamoring for it to fall into private hands because of their fear of large crowds of visitors. According to Reuters the sale is being handled by Hilton & Hyland and Dilbeck Realtors, with assistance from Christie’s Great Estates, a subsidiary of Christie’s auction house. We just hope we can still get a chance to see inside before it sells!

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