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Here is a perfect example of the many flaws built into this house, beyond the alterations inside made by Mabel Ennis. The 3-block high wall of the balcony outside the kitchen and pantry is a flat surface. The top row of patterned blocks are correct; the blank blocks should be set back 4"; the row of patterned blocks below that, rotated, and set another 4" back to line up with the row of blocks that extend over the 3 narrow windows on the ground floor. But that would have required yet another L-shaped block 16"x4". Also, the enclosed foyer was meant to be an open porch, with glass double doors set in between the piers on the south side of the space.
I was surprised to see the textile block wall along the street continue up the street and around the curve in front of the next door neighbor's house. Perhaps, the Ennis site was once larger (?) and then later divided, allowing the neighboring house to be built up the hill behind that portion of the textile block wall which remained.
If so, how might've that portion of the site have been used originally before the division?
The uphill part of the lot also contains an incinerator. This was a standard way of getting rid of trash until they were outlawed in the 1950s. The thinking was that this would fix the new problem of smog.
I'm not exactly sure I follow, but I perhaps you're referring to site walls that are partially obscurred by foliage in this view.
Since you are a neighboring Angeleno, have you had occassions to personally experience this house over the years?
Among your experiences, I'm sure you remember the day you first laid eyes on the devastation of the earthquake damage. I suspect that would've been an emotional thing.
The loss of all those blocks of the retaining wall was amplified by the sight of two massive I-beams inserted to hold up the dining room element of the house. That faÃƒÂ§ade has, mercifully, been corrected.
The green is perfect. Antonioni's was in part spray-painted, I believe -- the grass wasn't right as found. Now we have Google techs with too much time on their hands, inserting fake trees all over these aerials. Do realtors really want to hide the goods ?
I just can't figure out why they've taken the trouble to do this. Until a year or two ago, what you saw was whatever the camera(s) captured. Sometimes it was full summer foliage, other times the trees were bare. Now, everything has been homogenized into single season -- not winter, when buildings and roads would be maximally visible, but high summer. I don't get it . . .
(by the way, that incinerator would be a good way to dispose of the bodies.)
photo from Wiki Common
Here's the whole movie. Not necessarily cinema at its finest, but well worth viewing from 1:25 to 2:04, then a good Ennis-laden stretch from 3:45 to 6:10. At the 6:10 mark things take a mysterious turn for the worse. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FhUOuS0Gq6U
Once we're in the house, Ennis disappears, only to reappear behind an actress briefly, beginning at 6:53, and again at 7:32. And then, at the final moments of the film . . .
So, Ennis gets us through the door, literally (and a bogus "steel" door at that), and then it's on to some tired old interior sets that the studio had hanging around -- I guess. The bogus wrought-iron drive gate gets some use, anyway.