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Frank Lloyd Wright's Ennis House offers sweeping views of downtown Los Angeles and features Mayan-inspired architecture.
Photo: Mary E. Nichols

Frank Lloyd Wright’s Mayan Revival Home Hits the Market for $23 Million

The Los Angeles landmark boasts stunning views and architecture inspired by Mayan temples

For this majestic 1924 estate on a bluff, legendary architect Frank Lloyd Wright was inspired by the Mayan temples of Uxmal, Mexico. Constructed of 27,000 patterned concrete blocks, the four-bedroom Ennis House has sweeping views of downtown Los Angeles and beyond.

In the early 1920s, clothing-store owners Charles and Mabel Ennis commissioned the residence, which has since made cameos in Hollywood films like Blade Runner 2049 and Mulholland Drive. After sustaining major damage from a 1994 earthquake and 2005 flood, it was in the midst of a seismic stabilization when the current owner, billionaire Ron Burkle, purchased it in 2011.

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Burkle reportedly spent north of $10 million to revive the 6,200-square-foot structure, including rewiring original light fixtures, preserving mosaics and leaded-glass windows, and commissioning Wright-designed furnishings—all of which come with the sale.

Frank Lloyd Wright’s ‘Ennis House’ offers sweeping views of downtown Los Angeles and features Mayan-inspired architecture. Photo: Mary E. Nichols
The dining room. Photo: Mary E. Nichols
The large open living room area. Photo: Mary E. Nichols

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Detail of a tree mosaic in the home. Photo: Mary E. Nichols
The outdoor pool. Photo: Mary E. Nichols
The study. Photo: Mary E. Nichols
Carved-geometric patterns gives the industrial concrete material a decorative element. Photo: Mary E. Nichols

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The bathroom includes original red and black tile with a sunken tub. Photo: Mary E. Nichols
The kitchen. Photo: Mary E. Nichols
This bedroom has a large fireplace and mirrored vanity area. Photo: Mary E. Nichols

A version of this article first appeared in print in our 2018 Fall Issue under the headline On the Market. Subscribe to the magazine.

Cover: Frank Lloyd Wright's Ennis House offers sweeping views of downtown Los Angeles and features Mayan-inspired architecture.
Photo: Mary E. Nichols

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