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FLW's Ennis House Great For Living, Hosting Freemason Meetings

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One of the most common criticisms of Frank Lloyd Wright's houses is that they're unpleasant to actually live in--many are beautiful, but they tend to have low ceilings and bad roofs. The LA Times tries to make the case that the poor Ennis House in Los Feliz, on the market since June 2009 and pricechopped in half (from $15 million to $7.495 million), is one of Wright's most habitable houses. August O. Brown owned Ennis from 1968 to 1980, and his daughter tells the paper that the house is "highly livable." Dwell founding editor Karrie Jacobs says that by 1923, when Wright designed the Ennis, "He was more cosmopolitan and less afraid of sunlight. And Ennis is strangely, monumentally, vertical, with its double- or triple-height rooms." The LAT even quotes a statement from grandson Eric Lloyd Wright saying "My grandfather designed homes to be occupied by people...He created the space, but the space becomes a creative force and uplifts when it is lived in every day." While we're sure Ennis would be a great place to live, it might also make a really perfect Masonic Hall--the pattern on the Ennis' textile blocks is "perhaps an allusion to the Masonic Order, of which *[Charles Ennis, who commissioned the house,] was a member, and the organization's symbol, the compass with the letter 'g' in the middle representing God."
· Landmark Houses: Frank Lloyd Wright's Ennis house [LAT]
· Ennis House Archives [Curbed LA]

Ennis House

2607 Glendower Ave., Los Angeles, CA