Concrete Block from the Charles Ennis House, Frank Lloyd Wright (American, Richland Center, Wisconsin 1867–1959 Phoenix, Arizona), Concrete and reinforced steel, American

Concrete Block from the Charles Ennis House

Maker:
Frank Lloyd Wright (American, Richland Center, Wisconsin 1867–1959 Phoenix, Arizona)
Date:
ca. 1924
Geography:
Made in Los Angeles, California, United States
Culture:
American
Medium:
Concrete and reinforced steel
Dimensions:
16 3/4 x 16 x 9 1/4 in. (42.5 x 40.6 x 23.5 cm)
Classification:
Architecture
Credit Line:
Anonymous Gift, in honor of Antonio David Blanco, 1984
Accession Number:
1984.447
Rights and Reproduction:
© 2018 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 774
The Charles Ennis House, built in 1924, is perhaps the most famous of four houses that Wright designed in Los Angeles in the 1920s, a period during which he experimented with geometric patterning and new methods of concrete construction. Both innovations are demonstrated by this concrete block, which is decorated with incised patterns of overlapping squares. Wright used such blocks in the construction of all four Los Angeles houses.
Charles Ennis, Los Angeles, California, 1924; Ellen Little, Studio City, California, until 1984