Despite its significance, the Ennis House suffered from deferred maintenance, deterioration of the concrete blocks, the 1994 Northridge earthquake, and the record rains of winter 2005.
The situation grew so dire that the National Trust for Historic Preservation placed the house on its 2005 list of America's 11 Most Endangered Historic Places.
It became clear that the Ennis House needed more stewardship than a small nonprofit could provide. Given the lack of philanthropy available to support ongoing work on the house, the Ennis House Foundation placed the house on the market in 2009. Business executive Ron Burkle purchased the house in July 2011, to the delight of the Conservancy. Mr. Burkle has a record in the stewardship of important historic homes, having owned the Greenacres estate since 1993.
The Conservancy holds a detailed conservation easement that protects the Ennis House in perpetuity. The easement also provided for some form of public access at least 12 times a year. We will work with Mr. Burkle to determine exactly what for the public access will take.
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