The Wright Stuff

hollyhock2.jpg The last time Frank Lloyd Wright was mentioned here on 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.

Link to the Times piece ï Photo of Hollyhock House borrowed from

2 thoughts on “The Wright Stuff”

  1. The Ennis-Brown house got lots of airtime in the blogerrific Los Angeles Plays Itself, which I finally caught at one of its final hold-over showings at the Egyptian. (Apparently its release is exclusive the american cinematheque, as it can’t be published commercially due to rights clearance issues.)

    Good news to those who missed it, though — the announcer said they’ll be bringing it back to the screen in a month or two.

  2. I liked going up to the Barnsdale art park just because the house was closed … drat. Actually, it still had lots of visitors as some of the most impressive parts of the textile block exterior will still visitable (is that a word?).

    I saw it when I first moved to LA (after some very heavy rains) and it definitely needed some serious help. I’m glad they were able to do it.

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