Haunted House for Sale

House on a Haunted Hill, 1959

House on a Haunted Hill, 1959

Frank Lloyd Wright’s Ennis House is for sale. Heavily damaged by the 1994 Northridge Earthquake and labled “most endangered” by the National Trust for Historic Preservation, the house was the last and largest of four homes that Wright designed in an experimental “textile block” style. It was used in a number of films including the 1959 Vincent Price movie House on a Haunted Hill. It’s curious that the directors used the house, then only a quarter-century old. The script states it was built over a century ago and I don’t imagine the movie interior bares any resemblance to the actual interior. In the movie Frederick Loren (Vincent Price), has invited five strangers to a party of a lifetime. He is offering each of them $10,000 if they can stay the night in a house. Of course not many people get to spend a night in a Wright house. You can try this one for $15 million. Let us know if the number of ghosts has increased from seven. Also, don’t miss the exhibit Frank Lloyd Wright: From Within Outward, now at the Guggenheim. You can watch the movie on Hulu.

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George Washington Harris was born near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on March 20, 1814. In 1819 he moved to Knoxville, Tennessee with his older half-brother, Samuel Bell. He spent the majority of his life in this young, frontier community of eastern Tennessee -- soaking in the life of the frontier. By the age of twelve, Harris was working as an apprentice in Samuel Bell's metalworking shop. He married Mary Emiline Nance in 1835 and within a few years purchased acreage in Blout County, in Tucaleeche Cove at the gateway to the Great Smoky Mountains.

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