The last time Frank Lloyd Wright was mentioned here on Blogging.la it was because of a redtag the rain-ravaged Ennis-Brown house had been slapped with back in March. Some “If it’s not Neutra, it’s crrrrraaaap” blowhard posted a feather-fraying comment condemning Wright as a hack, to which I called bullshit and challenged him to a duel demanding satisfaction. OK, so I didn’t challenge the guy to a duel… but some architectural trashtalk got thrown about. No one disses my dawg F-Llo, dammit.
The news isn’t too good for the 81-year-old Ennis-Brown House. Millions of dollars will be needed for its restoration and the landmark has recently been placed on the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s 11 Most Endangered Historic Places 2005. But there’s better news over at Wright’s 84-year-old Hollyhock House, which has been closed for five years while the first and second phases of its extensive rehabilitation were implemented. The L.A. Times has reported will reopen for public tours beginning this Wednesday, which would have been Wright’s 138th birthday.
Happy birthday, Frank.