Los Angeles City Council Saves Marilyn Monroe's House from Demolition

17:17 09.09.2023

The historic California home where Marilyn Monroe died in 1962 has been temporarily saved from demolition after a unanimous city council vote. The sprawling Spanish colonial house in Brentwood, owned by Glory of the Snow Trust, was in danger of being torn down, but Councilmember Traci Park intervened to protect the property. Park, wearing red lipstick and styled hair resembling Monroe, announced at a press conference that she would introduce a motion for the house to be considered a historic cultural monument. The city's Office of Historic Resources will now research and assess the situation before making a recommendation to the city council within 75 days.

The house, built in 1929, was a 2,900-square-foot abode that Monroe purchased in the early 1960s after her divorce from Arthur Miller. It was her only owned property. Glory of the Snow LLC bought the house for $7.25 million in 2017 and later sold it to Glory of the Snow Trust for $8.35 million. The potential demolition of Monroe's former home sparked debate among residents, with some criticizing the focus on the property while the city's homeless crisis continues to worsen. However, others praised the initiative as a way to honor the city's history.

Councilmember Park emphasized that Monroe's story of overcoming adversity resonated with people worldwide, making her more than just a movie icon. She highlighted that each detail of the home, including the wooden beam ceilings and tiles, were handpicked by Monroe and served as a reminder of her final days.

The Los Angeles City Council voted unanimously to designate Monroe's former home as a historic and cultural landmark, blocking the planned demolition. Councilwoman Traci Park introduced the motion, and the decision imposes a temporary stay on any alteration or removal of the property. Monroe's former home was the only property she independently owned, and she lived there until her death from a drug overdose at the age of 36.

The house, with its Spanish Colonial-style architecture, also includes a swimming pool and guest house. It was purchased in 2017 by Glory of the Snow LLC for $7.25 million and later sold to Glory of the Snow Trust for $8.35 million. The current owner remains unidentified, and the reason for the planned demolition is unclear.

The news of the potential demolition sparked outrage on social media, with many expressing their support for preserving Monroe's former home. The property was previously nominated for landmark status, with a 2013 evaluation recognizing its association with Monroe as "potentially significant." The actress named the home Cursum Perficio, meaning "My journey ends here," which was displayed on tiles on the front porch.

The temporary saving of Monroe's former home is seen as a victory for preserving the city's rich history and honoring the legacy of a beloved cultural icon. The decision to designate the property as a historic and cultural landmark ensures that future generations will have the opportunity to learn about and appreciate the life and contributions of Marilyn Monroe.

/ Saturday, September 9, 2023, 5:17 PM /

themes:  Los Angeles  California

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