For almost a hundred years, a unique structure has overlooked the hills of Los Feliz. Those unfamiliar with it might look up at the hills and see, amidst your run of the mill Spanish colonials and American craftsman homes, what would appear to be an ancient stone fortress. Out of place? Maybe. But that’s what has made it such a fascinating building since its construction in 1924. In fact, for three decades it was a popular filming spot, making it one of the most recognizable houses in the city. You’ve seen it on the screen and you’ve seen it at a distance. It’s time for you to actually discover the Ennis House.
Frank Lloyd Wright and Los Angeles
You’ve probably already heard about Frank Lloyd Wright. Throughout the first half of the twentieth century, Wright redefined architecture by designing structures that fomented harmony with humanity and its environment. Commonly regarded as one of the greatest American architects of all time, many of his structures remain relevant over sixty years after his death. His presence in Los Angeles is definitely worth remarking upon. The Hollyhock House in Barnsdall Park, the Storer and Freeman Houses in Hollywood Hills, and the Millard House in Pasadena are a few of the homes he designed in the city. Each one of them showcases his unique style and approach to residential architecture. However, the most famous one is undoubtedly the Ennis House.
The Ennis House
Built in what is now known as the Mayan Revival style, the Ennis House is designed to look like an ancient Maya temple. Its detailed exterior is made out of 27,000 perforated and patterned decomposed granite blocks. This is what makes it look like it’s been there for centuries. It’s an imposing building in a style that should not work and yet it does. It somehow manages to stand out and blend in among the eclectic Los Angeles architecture.
See the Ennis House Yourself
But you don’t have to take our word for it. The Ennis house is something you need to take a look at yourself. We’ve given you local architectural tours before, so here’s a new one. You can go see it at 2607 Glendower Ave in Los Feliz. What do we recommend? Park somewhere near the intersection of Los Feliz Boulevard and Vermont Avenue. Walk up Vermont and keep left to go up Glendower Avenue. You’re a fifteen-minute walk away from an architectural gem.