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Roderick Grant



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PostPosted: Wed Jun 27, 2018 11:13 am    Post subject: Ennis on the market Reply with quote

Ron Burkle must have all the homes he needs ... in this part of the country. Now, in addition to Harold Lloyd's Greenacres, he owns Bob Hope's Palm Springs fabulosa, and has decided to unload Ennis for $23M. We have fantasized about buying a FLW house to be used cooperatively; now we have the ultimate mansion of our dreams within our grasp! All we need now are 46 purses to cooperate.
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Duncan



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PostPosted: Wed Jun 27, 2018 11:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Some nice photos in the listing

https://la.curbed.com/2018/6/26/17507998/frank-lloyd-wright-ennis-house-for-sale
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SDR



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PostPosted: Wed Jun 27, 2018 12:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes !

I suppose the furnishings are included . . .?


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DRN



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PostPosted: Wed Jun 27, 2018 12:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

If we did, would we see to it that the house underwent a "de-Mabelization".
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Duncan



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PostPosted: Wed Jun 27, 2018 12:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

As the Curbed article states:

"According to listing material, the 'remarkably livable' house is being offered furnished."
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Roderick Grant



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PostPosted: Wed Jun 27, 2018 5:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes, DNR, yes we would.

It's nice to see pool room on the lower level cleaned up. It was a kinda grungy place when Gus owned the house.
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Craig



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PostPosted: Thu Jun 28, 2018 2:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I hope I live to see those marble floors replaced and that chandelier gone. I've come to accept the inappropriate stained glass windows.
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SDR



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PostPosted: Fri Jun 29, 2018 9:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

These views are novel, to me. Is the first space a library ?








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Roderick Grant



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PostPosted: Fri Jun 29, 2018 10:53 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The first photo is of Mabel Ennis' bedroom. At one point, a subsequent owner, who had children, made it into a bedroom/playroom, building in a large plywood table for a model train set. When not in use, the table top, attached to the columns flanking the tall window, hinged up out of the way, covering the window.

The pool room is under the dining room. In the southeast corner of the room is a hatch to a stairway leading to the underside of the house from the living room to Mr. Ennis' bedroom (3rd photo), not quite high enough to stand, but higher than a crawl space.
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Roderick Grant



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PostPosted: Fri Jun 29, 2018 11:04 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Craig, you're right about the marble floors (not to mention Mabel's marble bathroom) and chandelier; they should be gone. But the biggest affront to FLW's design is the construction of the roof with box beams pretending to hold the whole thing up. All corrected, the house would hardly look like the same building, and would be much improved.

FLW actually signed off on the art glass windows, which, legend has it, were designed by an employee of Judson Studios, a highly-regarded Pasadena-based company that specializes in church windows. I believe they also designed the spectacular, very Vegas barrel-vaulted glass ceiling light at the Tropicana Hotel. While the Ennis windows defy elements of the design, they are not all that bad.

Also added without FLW's approval is all the bronze work. He didn't design it and he did not approve of it.
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SDR



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PostPosted: Fri Jun 29, 2018 2:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Seeking to learn how the Ennis ceilings were meant to look, I consulted Monograph 4. Ceilings in the major spaces -- living room, dining room, Mr Ennis's bedroom, at least -- were double-pitched (gabled), with cladding as shown in the
drawings produced later for the Nesbitt remodel.

I didn't find a cross section of Mabel's room, at center (?), to verify the ceiling there.


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Craig



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PostPosted: Fri Jun 29, 2018 2:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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FLW actually signed off on the art glass windows...


Roderick,

He may have signed off on them (to shut up Mabel and get paid?) but it's my understanding he designed glass patterns that were more rectilinear and aligned to the block lines. Aren't these what we see in one of SDR's posted images?
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Reidy



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PostPosted: Fri Jun 29, 2018 3:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The windows in the drawings SDR posted are plate glass and wood, having little to do with what the Ennises eventually installed.

The current designs strongly resemble Arthur Heun's for the Brinsmaid house in Des Moines. Both in turn resemble the Dana sumac pattern.

The Brinsmaid windows are by Giannini and Hilgart. A speculation, for which I've never seen proof, is that, since Giannini had settled in La Jolla, Lloyd tracked him down for something suitable. We can imagine Lloyd realizing that otherwise Mabel would go with St. George slaying a dragon.
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SDR



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PostPosted: Fri Jun 29, 2018 4:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

"Note: All sash details to be the same as at the residence of Mr and Mrs S Freeman."

"Glazing of openings for which no sash is given here to be set directly into concrete grooves with horizontal sash bars only."




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SDR



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PostPosted: Fri Jun 29, 2018 5:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

"Glazing of openings for which no sash is given here to be set directly into concrete grooves with horizontal sash bars only."

So, those big plate-glass windows, including the butted-glass corner window, would have had horizontal glazing bars -- of metal ? -- at as Freeman ? That's a literal reading of the above notes . . .

Is one of our artists doing a model of Ennis ? Here's an opportunity to "build" Ennis as Wright designed it ?


https://www.curbed.com/2017/6/8/15742110/samuel-freeman-house-frank-lloyd-wright-los-angeles


Freeman
http://www.steinerag.com/flw/Artifact%20Pages/Freeman.htm
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