LAistory: The Ennis House
In Los Angeles, we knock things down. We build them the way we like them. We believe in creating a world the way we think it should be. It's this ethic that has destroyed some of our more famous landmarks, Pickfair was dismantled by Pia Zadora, the original Brown Derby may, at the time of this writing, be a dry cleaner. In a place where people come to reinvent themselves no one has much time for old stuff.
The Ennis House, however, remains, shining out over Los Feliz. Built in 1924 by Frank Lloyd Wright, it is a stunning example of his work, certainly of of the most unique dwellings in California. It has the only four mosaic windows known to be designed by Wright himself. Though the house retains some of of Wright's prairie style, it is also high art deco, mingled with Mayan architecture and the result is both surprising and elegant.