Los Angeles City Council Acts To Spare Marilyn Monroe House From Demolition
In a landmark decision, the Los Angeles City Council has taken steps to protect the historic residence of iconic actress Marilyn Monroe, preventing the demolition of a property that holds significant cultural and historical value. The decision comes after mounting concerns over the fate of this Spanish Colonial-style house, where Marilyn Monroe tragically passed away in 1962 due to a drug overdose.
Unanimous Vote for Historic Preservation
The motion to initiate the consideration of designating the property as a historic and cultural monument was introduced by Councilwoman Traci Park. Remarkably, the motion was met with unanimous approval on the same day it was proposed. This pivotal vote has set in motion a process that will safeguard the property from impending demolition.
Immediate Reversal of Demolition Permit
In response to the 12-0 vote, the city’s Board of Building and Safety Commissioners promptly revoked a demolition permit that had been issued just a day earlier. Simultaneously, the City Council’s motion has imposed restrictions on making significant alterations to the property while the review of its potential landmark status is underway.
Marilyn Monroe’s Connection to the House
Marilyn Monroe’s connection to this property runs deep. She acquired this single-story, 2,900-square-foot house in the early 1960s for $75,000 after her third marriage, to playwright Arthur Miller, ended. It was the only home the actress ever independently owned, making it a place of great personal significance.
Remembering a Hollywood Legend
Marilyn Monroe, known for her iconic roles in films such as “Gentlemen Prefer Blondes,” “Some Like It Hot,” and “The Misfits,” tragically lost her life at the age of 36 in a bedroom of this very house. Her death was attributed to acute barbiturate poisoning, and her legacy as a Hollywood legend continues to captivate audiences worldwide.
A Mysterious Trust and Public Outcry
Recent ownership of the property has been shrouded in mystery. The house, situated on a half-acre property that includes a swimming pool and guest house, was purchased in 2017 for $7.25 million by Glory of the Snow LLC, reportedly managed by a hedge fund executive. Earlier this year, it was sold to the Glory of the Snow Trust for $8.35 million. The identity of the trust’s representatives remains undisclosed, and the motive behind the planned demolition has left many unanswered questions.
Global Outrage and Public Support
News of the property’s impending demolition sparked outrage on social media platforms. Councilwoman Traci Park’s office received an overwhelming number of calls from concerned citizens urging her to take action to preserve the historic home. Marilyn Monroe’s enduring status as a global icon has fueled this groundswell of support for saving her former residence.
As Marilyn Monroe aptly named her home “Cursum Perficio,” which translates to “My journey ends here” in Latin, the Los Angeles City Council’s decision ensures that this important chapter of Hollywood history will not be erased. Marilyn Monroe’s legacy will live on in the form of this historic and cultural monument, safeguarded for future generations to cherish.
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