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the skunks of los feliz
8.08.2005
 
Good news for the endangered Ennis House:

FEMA has okayed the release of $2.1 million in earthquake relief money for critical repairs to the historic Frank Lloyd Wright structure. According to a presser from Councilmember LaBonge's office, stabilization efforts will begin within the next 60 days.

However, this cash infusion is barely enough to keep the home from further damage, much less a sufficient sum to pay for a full renovation of the property. As this NY Times piece points out, that would cost between $12 and $15 million dollars.

To address this shortfall, the National Trust for Historic Preservation, the LA Conservancy and the Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy have joined together to raise funds to (according the their new website) "restore the house and operate it as a museum to be enjoyed by the public".

Hopefully, they will be able to meet their fund-raising goals, and finally make safe this priceless piece of L.A. architecture.

To learn more about the Ennis House, or to make a donation to the restoration efforts, click here.
 
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