There are three Frank Lloyd Wright houses in the neighborhood the 1921 Hollyhock House right off Hollywood Boulevard and the 1923 Stoner House in the hills just above the Sunset Strip, and this Ennis House the largest of Wright's textile block designs, constructed primarily of interlocking pre-cast concrete block. Wright was going through a Mayan phase, and here, in 1924, the design is most clearly based on ancient Mayan temples.
Mayan Revival architecture may work best out here in Los Angeles. Wright didnt build such things elsewhere. This one sits on a ridge between the Griffith Park Observatory above it to the north, and far below it, Los Feliz and Hollywood, and the city of Los Angeles far off in the distance.
And now it's a ruin. Decomposed granite from the site was used to color the textile blocks and that introduced natural impurities into the concrete mix, and there is our air pollution all that caused premature decay. And a previous owner applied a protective coating to the tiles, a sealant that trapped moisture inside so the pre-cast concrete blocks crumbled and the steel reinforcing bars rusted away. And then there was the 1994 Northridge Earthquake and the record-setting 2004-2005 rainy season. It's a wonder the place is still standing. But it's on the National Register of Historic Places and a California Historic Landmark and architects love the thing see these notes from Architect Studio 3D so there are ongoing attempts to keep Ennis House from collapsing in a heap of rubble.
And here it is after two weeks of rain. On June 19, 2009, the Ennis House Foundation announced that the house was being offered for sale for fifteen million dollars. Now they'll accept seven million. It's a fixer-upper.