Frank Lloyd Wright’s Ennis House a Tough Sell

March 19, 2010

By Alanna Malone

Frank Lloyd Wright’s Ennis House
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Ten months after it was listed for $15 million, the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Ennis House is still for sale. In February, the price was dropped to $10.5 million.

Built in 1924 for Charles and Mabel Ennis on a hilltop in Los Angeles, the 6,000-square-foot Ennis House is the largest of Wright’s four textile-block-style dwellings. The house, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, has been a popular location for movies, music videos, and photo shoots.

In recent years, the Ennis House Foundation, which owns the landmark, has spent $6.5 million on repairs due to earthquake and rain damage. Still, the house requires $6 million worth of work. To prevent demolition and guide future renovations, the foundation has put a conservation easement on the property. 

Hilton & Hyland Realtors, an affiliate of Christie’s Great Estates, is marketing the property.

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