Marilyn Monroe Residence Is Now A Historical Cultural Monument

The Los Angeles Cultural Heritage Commission unanimously votes to save the Marilyn Monroe Residence from demolition for now.

The Marilyn Monroe Residence almost went under the hammer last year, but recent developments from the Los Angeles Cultural Heritage Commission prevented the motion. The commission unanimously recommended the former “blonde bombshell”‘s house as a historical cultural monument.

Its designation, however, doesn’t automatically mean it is safe from any impending demolition. A report by People said demolition is delayed for 180 days while preservation factors are being determined. The Los Angeles Planning and Use Committee’s nomination review and the Los Angeles City Council’s verdict are the next steps

Monroe’s home stands at 12305 W. 5th Helena Drive, a historic property as per People. The commission voted unanimously to assign the distinction to the house on Thursday, January 18.

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The only home she ever purchased

People reported the commissioners noted Monroe resided at the property for a few months. It became Monroe’s only self-purchased home. She died in the residence in 1962.

The Los Angeles City Planning organization released its findings. They decided the residence is “associated with the lives of historic personages important to national, state, city, or local history.” 

Monroe’s home, as per a document from the planning organization, had a demolition permit set for Sept. 7, 2023. However, becoming a historical cultural monument will delay the house’s annihilation. 

“Adoption of the Motion to initiate consideration of the property as a City Historic-Cultural Monument will allow more time for study and public hearing(s), and does not deprive the property owner of any rights,” the city’s planning body said. 

Inside the Marilyn Monroe Residence

The planning organization said Monroe’s one-story single family residence was constructed in 1929. It featured a Spanish colonial revival architectural style as per the Los Angeles Planning organization. 

Monroe purchased the home in March 1962. She owned the home until August of the same year, before passing away due to acute barbiturate poisoning.

Marilyn Monroe
Marilyn Monroe/Photo from Wikimedia Commons

The Monroe Residence consisted of a main area with a garage and guest house. It also had a pool and a detached recreation room and studio. The gates lead to a landscaped courtyard that trees and planting beds surround. 

People reported that the house has four bedrooms, three baths, and beamed ceilings. Monroe bought the house for $77,500 after parting ways with her ex-husband and playwright Arthur Miller. 

An old photo of the living room adjacent to the dining room
An old photo of the living room adjacent to the dining room/Photos from via the Los Angeles Planning organization

The house was “significant” to Monroe

Marilyn Monroe expert Scott Fortner said he and the Monroe Preservation Group members became thrilled about the commission’s unanimous decision. Fortner expressed that the house was a significant part of Monroe’s life, history, and legend.

The complete view of the Marilyn Monroe Residence
The Los Angeles Cultural Heritage Commission recommended Marilyn Monroe’s home to be a historical cultural monument/Photo from the Los Angeles Planning organization

Glory of the Snow Trust owns the property at present time. They got the house for approximately $8.35 million as per Fox Business.

Fortner mentioned the house represented the style and architectural design that’s “synonymous with Hollywood.”

“It’s a landmark, and it should be preserved just because of the fact that it is part of the culture and architectural history of Los Angeles and Hollywood,” Fortner added.

Banner photo from Wikimedia Commons.

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