I get that Frank Lloyd Wright is one of America’s great artists. His works are magnificent, a thing to behold. But to count as one of America’s great architects, too, don’t his buildings have to actually work as buildings? Like, to not fall down and stuff?
At more than 6,000 square feet, Wright’s Mayan-influenced design is the largest of his four “textile-block” houses in Southern California, so named because their concrete blocks were knitted together to serve as structure and decoration, inside and out. Ennis House consists of more than 27,000 of the blocks, which deteriorated over time, sustained serious damage in the 1994 Northridge earthquake and then partially collapsed during heavy rainfall in 2005.