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Marilyn Monroe’s home will be considered for historic status

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Marilyn Monroe’s home will be considered for historic status

Marilyn Monroe's home will be considered for historic status
Marilyn Monroe’s home will be considered for historic status

The Los Angeles City Council voted unanimously Friday to temporarily halt demolition of the Brentwood home where Marilyn Monroe lived and died.

The motion, introduced by Council Member Tracy Park, recommends the city’s Heritage Commission or planning director review the 2,900-square-foot Spanish Colonial-style house to determine if it can be listed as a historic landmark of the city.

“This home must be preserved as an important part of the history, culture and heritage of Hollywood and the city of Los Angeles,” Park said in a statement. “It’s a place where Marilyn Monroe lived and created some of her most iconic work, and it’s a place where many fans come to pay their respects.”

The home was built in 1929 and purchased by Monroe in 1962 for $75,000. She died there in August of that year from a barbiturate overdose.

The home’s current owners, the Glory of the Snow Trust, have applied for permission to demolish it and build a new home in its place. However, the proposal passed by the City Council would prevent them from doing so for at least 180 days.

The Cultural Heritage Commission will meet on October 11. If the commission decides to declare the house a historic monument, it will be protected from demolition.

The news that Monroe’s home had been saved from demolition was greeted with relief by fans and conservationists.

“This is a victory for Marilyn Monroe fans and for all the Angels who cherish our city’s history,” said Amy Kohn, executive director of Hollywood Heritage. “This home is a significant part of our cultural heritage and we are grateful that it will be preserved for future generations.”

The temporary halt to demolition is a victory, but it is not the final word on the fate of the home. The Cultural Heritage Commission will have the final say on whether or not to declare it a historic monument. However, the City Council’s vote is a positive step in the fight to save this important piece of Hollywood history.

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