Trustees of a Los Feliz house designed by architect Frank Lloyd Wright have appealed a city decision that would ban the leasing of the landmark residence for parties and tours.
The Trust for the Preservation of Cultural Heritage, owner of the Ennis-Brown house at 2655 Glendower Ave., filed an appeal last week with the Los Angeles Board of Zoning Appeals, asking that the nonprofit organization be allowed to raise funds for restoration of the house by leasing it for parties and charging admission for public tours.
The trust said in its appeal that, if a variance is granted, it will limit parties to once a month but continue to conduct public tours six times a year. In addition, trustees said, shuttle transportation from a commercial parking lot away from the neighborhood will be provided for parties with more than 35 invited guests.
No Sunday Parties
Trustees also offered to ban parties on Sundays and eliminate outdoor rock bands.
Zoning administrator Jack Sedwick ruled last month that tours and parties constitute a commercial use of the property that is illegal in the residential neighborhood. He agreed with neighbors in the wealthy hilltop area who said that the parties and tours have created noise, parking and traffic problems.