March 28, 2005
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Images Courtesy Trust for Preservation
of Cultural Heritage.
Restoration of Frank Lloyd Wright's Ennis-Brown
House suffered a recent setback when mudslides further damaged
the 1924 Mayan-inspired structure. The concrete-block home,
perched in the Hollywood Hills, was donated by its namesake
owners Mabel and Charles Ennis to the Trust for Preservation
of Cultural Heritage in 1980. The non-profit group, which
gives public tours of the residence, has been working to return
the 10,000-square-foot home to its original grandeur. But
the 1994 Northridge earthquake caused extensive structural
damage, and torrential rains late this February resulted in
mudslides causing its retaining walls to partially crumble.
City officials subsequently declared the house inhabitable,
fearing that it could slide down the hill. The residence has
since been cleared for limited occupancy.
Although the Trust received a $2.3 million
federal grant, estimated repair costs total $4.1 million.
The famed home, featured in such films as Black Rain and Blade
Runner, has been closed since December for renovation. It's
not expected to reopen again until later this summer. The
structural engineering firm of Melvin Green & Associates
is overseeing the repair.