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Demolition of Marilyn Monroe Home Stopped

Demolition of Marylin Monroe’s house has been halted while the home is considered for Historic Cultural Monument status by the city. (image from the LA Conservancy’s Instagram)

Preservationists city-wide celebrated the intervention of the Los Angeles City Council in preventing the demolition of Marylin Monroe’s former home in Brentwood. On Friday, led by the efforts of City Councilmember Traci Park, the City Council voted unanimously to consider the property a historic cultural monument, thus stopping the demolition proposed by the current property owners who had secured a demolition permit from the city’s Department of Building and Safety.

The LA Times, reported,  “Councilmember Traci Park was rushing against the clock to save Monroe’s final residence after learning Wednesday that the owner, Glory of the Snow Trust, had requested a permit to have the iconic Spanish Colonial residence demolished.

“Immediately my team and I sprung into action. … But unfortunately, the Department of Building and Safety issued a demolition permit before my team and I could fully intervene and get this issue resolved,” she said at a press conference held shortly before Friday’s City Council meeting.

The 11th District councilmember wore red lipstick and styled her short blond hair à la Monroe as she gave an impassioned speech announcing she would be bringing a motion to initiate consideration of historic cultural monument status for Monroe’s home.

“I am here with you today as the custodian of the district which is home to Marilyn Monroe’s beloved final residence. I am also here today as a defender of our city’s rich history and heritage,” Park said.”

The fight to save the house is far from over though. The Los Angeles Conservancy, one of the groups that mobilized a social media campaign directed at Park’s office to save the house, posted on Instagram:

“Thank you, Councilmember Park! But there still are many steps to go before the house is fully protected. If approved by City Council, Park’s motion would issue a stop-work order and begin the process of preparing the HCM application. The HCM application must be approved by the Cultural Heritage Commission and the full City Council before permanent protections take effect.”


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Patricia Lombard
Patricia Lombard
Patricia Lombard is the publisher of the Larchmont Buzz. Patty lives with her family in Fremont Place. She has been active in neighborhood issues since moving here in 1989. Her pictorial history, "Larchmont" for Arcadia Press is available at Chevalier's Books.

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