Frank Lloyd Wright From Afar

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The photo above is a Frank Lloyd Wright creation known as, “Ennis-Brown House”.  I took this shot looking ‘up’ at the house.  Meandering up and around a winding road, I stood in front of the ‘back’ of the house.  Here, I have a plaque to show you:

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Built in 1924, this house is located in the Hollywood Hills.  It sold several years ago for $6 million dollars, and is undergoing major renovations before the ‘new’ owner moves on in!  Oh what I wouldn’t give to get a sneak peek inside this FLW gem!

Alas, this is as far as we got, peering inside the courtyard from the black, wrought iron gates (note the yellow wash bucket and protective work tent):

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But here is where things became interesting.  A couple of workers noticed our faces pressed against the iron gate and came over to ensure we weren’t trying to break in, cause havoc, or goodness knows what! Assuring the workers we were simply, “fans of Frank”, they turned away and went back to work (or so I thought).  The next thing I witnessed was one of the workmen coming through a side entrance.  He asked if he could take a few pictures for us from ‘behind the gate’.  I was so shocked I simply handed him the camera and stood there in stunned mode.  Here is one of the fantastic captures he returned with a few minutes later:

We would never have been allowed to get this close to the pool area (who knew there was a pool?) at the Ennis-Brown House had it not been for the kind gesture of this dear workman who had no idea how much we appreciated his thoughtfulness.

Thank you, kind sir; we appreciate that you appreciate our appreciation for Frank Lloyd Wright’s work:  that’s a lot of appreciation, wouldn’t you say? 🙂

  40 comments for “Frank Lloyd Wright From Afar

  1. November 24, 2015 at 9:01 am

    Most of Wright’s work fit in with the surrounding nature. I don’t see that here, although it is a beautiful creation.

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    • November 24, 2015 at 9:07 am

      You are correct, my dear! Although it is built on a hill, as it were, and to look at it from the front you have to stand on the road and look ‘up’. There are quite a few Frank Lloyd Wright houses in Chicago, as he lived here for a time. There is also one in Springfield, IL on a regular street. So I do know what you mean. “Falling Water” comes to mind as a perfect example of using the surrounding nature (literally, isn’t it?) Why he chose to build some structures without the surrounding nature is a wonder, isn’t it? I will have to read up on that! 🙂 Cher xo

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      • November 24, 2015 at 9:09 am

        It’s been a long time since I studied any art, so please let me know what you find out!

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      • November 24, 2015 at 9:12 am

        Oh I shall indeed!! Won’t it be interesting to see how it evolved (or rather, how he changed course and decided to use nature on the inside instead of incorporating it into the outside). I love the Prairie Style!! Shall report back! Cher xo

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  2. November 24, 2015 at 9:02 am

    Wow, Cher – these are great shots! And how fantastic that you got the bonus shots from inside, courtesy of a friendly workman 🙂 Frank Lloyd Wright is one of my favourite architects, so to get a little extra glimpse at his work is very special indeed. And oh, I wish I had a spare six miliion dollars or so – I know what I’d be buying!

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    • November 24, 2015 at 9:09 am

      *LOL* Why thank you, Helen! I was extremely grateful because I thought they were going to tell us to get lost! We were on private property as we stood right at the gate. The last thing I ever imagined was getting a great shot from a special vantage point! Oh me too, Helen! I don’t think I could even afford that gate!! 😉 Cher xo

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  3. November 24, 2015 at 9:03 am

    How COOL is that and so SWEET for the worker to take a photo for you!!! Thanks so much for sharing – I am a fan of Frank too – Happy Day – Enjoy 🙂

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    • November 24, 2015 at 9:10 am

      I was honestly stunned, my dear! I just stood there, waiting to see what he’d come back with! And the pool, wow! Are you? I will try and do more posts with some FLW structures. There are FLW houses here in Chicago (but you probably already knew that!) Happy Day to you too, my dear! Cher xo

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      • November 24, 2015 at 10:01 am

        I was given a coffee book on Frank, his houses, his design, etc. I grew up around MN, WI, MI and recently lived near CA.

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      • November 24, 2015 at 10:04 am

        Oh, do you have a favorite FLW house? Cher xo

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      • November 24, 2015 at 10:51 am

        Fallingwater in PA – love to see it some day.

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      • November 24, 2015 at 11:11 am

        Oh my dear, me too!!!! Cher xo

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      • November 24, 2015 at 11:51 am

        FASCINATING . . . Love when a house has a story and then some!!!

        The Ennis House is a residential dwelling in the Los Feliz neighborhood of Los Angeles, California, south of Griffith Park.

        The structure is the fourth and largest of Wright’s textile block designs, constructed primarily of interlocking pre-cast concrete blocks.

        The design is based on ancient Mayan temples, and along with other buildings by Frank Lloyd Wright, such as the A. D. German Warehouse in Wisconsin and Aline Barnsdall Hollyhock House in Hollywood, the Ennis House is sometimes referred to as an example of the Mayan Revival architecture. Its prominent detail is the relief ornamentation on its textile blocks, inspired by the symmetrical reliefs of Mayan buildings in Uxmal.

        In 1940, the house was sold to media personality John Nesbitt, who had Wright add a pool on the north terrace, a billiard room on the ground floor, and a heating system.

        The Ennis House is a designated city, state, and national landmark. It is currently owned by billionaire Ronald Burkle.

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      • November 24, 2015 at 12:28 pm

        Wow! Thank you for this terrific information! Cher xo

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      • November 24, 2015 at 12:04 pm

        I forgot about the John Sowden House.

        Wright’s son, landscape architect and architect Lloyd Wright, served as construction manager for three of his father’s four textile block houses. He independently designed the iconic Mayan-modernist John Sowden House in 1926 in the Los Feliz District of Hollywood.

        The largest numbers of Mayan-revival buildings are found in Detroit, Michigan and Mérida, Mexico but such architecture can also be found on a smaller scale in New York, Houston, Los Angeles, Acapulco, Mexico City, Cancun and Tokyo.

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      • November 24, 2015 at 12:29 pm

        And this too!!! Fascinating!

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  4. November 24, 2015 at 9:33 am

    Looks amazing, and what a view!

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    • November 24, 2015 at 9:34 am

      Next time you go to California, you should check out the Hollywood Hills, Erika! This house is so cool! And yes, the view is awesome! Cher xo

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  5. Don
    November 24, 2015 at 10:41 am

    I saw a TV program on him sometime ago, Cher. It was wonderful. What an amazing guy.

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    • November 24, 2015 at 11:24 am

      Oh did you, Don? He was clearly ahead of his time. I’ve been in a couple of Frank Lloyd Wright homes. Considering they were built at the beginning of the previous century when ‘parlors’ were fancy and traditional, there was FLW with open concepts, stained glass, wood, and nothing close to what was occurring in architecture at the time. Cher xo

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  6. November 24, 2015 at 10:46 am

    I have seen a few of this man’s works, he was fantastic. Far ahead of his time with his designs. The person who took the photos is awesome, see, there is still so much good in the world lol!!

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    • November 24, 2015 at 11:11 am

      He really was, wasn’t he? The gentleman took the pool photos, and I took the other ones! Yes, there really is, John!! Cher xo

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  7. November 24, 2015 at 2:26 pm

    As a child I visited Frank Lloyd Wright’s house in Wisconsin called House on the Rock. Here is a link: http://www.roadsideamerica.com/story/2254. It was an interesting place with a huge cauldron in one room. I loved going there. To this day, I still like his architecture best! 😀 ❤

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    • November 24, 2015 at 8:40 pm

      Oh isn’t that interesting!!! Wow, I would love to visit there! A cauldron of all things!! Thank you so much for including this link for us!!! Cher xo

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      • November 25, 2015 at 8:21 am

        Thanks for sharing about Frank Lloyd Wright. 😉💗

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      • November 25, 2015 at 8:25 am

        Why thank you my dear! I will have to post more about him; in fact, I do have a few more photos of another FLW home! That shall be in a post soon! Thank you! Cher xo

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      • November 25, 2015 at 8:37 am

        Great. He was a fascinating visionary. 💗

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      • November 25, 2015 at 8:41 am

        Truly he was, wasn’t he? I have always found it interesting when, at any given time, visionaries are looked upon as different, out of the ordinary, etc. It seems that only with time do we realize the genius in their ‘extra-ordinary’ minds! 🙂

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      • November 25, 2015 at 8:43 am

        Well said. I am an advocate for being and thinking differently. LOL. We need more out of the box thinking these days. 💗

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      • November 25, 2015 at 9:42 pm

        I completely agree! I think it is only then we can see the potential of amazing things happening! Without thinking outside the box, we become stagnant; I just don’t think the Universe works that way! Out of the box thinking indeed!!! Thank you so much for your lovely comments!! Cher xo

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      • November 26, 2015 at 8:45 am

        Happy Thanksgiving. 💗🍗💗

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      • November 26, 2015 at 1:11 pm

        Happy Thanksgiving to you my dear; thank you so much!! Cher xo

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  8. December 12, 2015 at 8:17 pm

    I have been to Falling Water several times and also Taliesin in Wisconsin. Both were amazing. But I have to repeat what I said to my husband at Falling Water. If I had hired Frank Lloyd Wright and got Falling Water, I would have shot him, or at least sued him. I thought it maddening that you cannot see the falling water from the house,

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    • December 12, 2015 at 8:32 pm

      *LOL* Oh my dear I know exactly what you mean!!! Certainly Mr. Wright wasn’t thinking about anything but looking from the inside out!! Just like Frank Sinatra, he did it his way!! 😉 Cher xo

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    March 28, 2016 at 2:12 pm

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