Rain bad for Wright

March 1, 2005 at 8:54 am in Uncategorized

In my second rain-based post of the morning I’d like to point you to L.A. Observed who tells us the sad news that the Frank Lloyd Write designed Ennis Brown house has been slapped with a red tag.

Designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, the house was built in 1924 using more than 24,000 textured concrete blocks. It has been listed on the National Register of Historic Places and awarded landmark status by the state and the city of Los Angeles. In 1980, owner Augustus O. Brown donated the house to the Trust for Preservation of Cultural Heritage, which has been raising money to save the residence. The trust’s website has numerous photos and more information; even before the rains, the home’s custodians had issued an urgent plea for help to the preservation community.

It sounds like there’s a retaining wall that isn’t doing it’s job so well these days and will probably cost half a mil to fix. Ouch. Personally, if historic architecture has to get damaged I’d rather see it be a Wright than a Neutra or Schlindler but that’s just me. I never got into all those funky textures.

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