The Los Angeles City Council voted unanimously on Friday to initiate a process to designate Marilyn Monroe’s former home in Brentwood as a historic-cultural monument.
The home, located at 12305 Fifth Helena Drive, is where Monroe lived from 1962 until her death in August of that year. It is one of the most iconic homes in Hollywood history, and is a popular tourist destination.
The motion to initiate the historic designation process was introduced by Councilwoman Traci Park. Park said that the home is “a crucial piece of Hollywood’s and the city of Los Angeles’ history, culture and legacy.”
The next step in the process is for the Cultural Heritage Commission to hold a hearing to consider the designation. If the commission recommends that the home be designated, the City Council will have the final say.
If the home is designated a historic-cultural monument, it would be protected from demolition or significant alteration.
The home’s current owner, a little-known entity called Glory of the Snow Trust, has not said what it plans to do with the property. However, the trust has filed a demolition permit with the city, which has been put on hold pending the outcome of the historic designation process.
The home is a single-story, 2,900-square-foot Spanish Colonial-style house. It has four bedrooms and three bathrooms. Monroe purchased the home in 1962 for $75,000 after her divorce from Arthur Miller. She lived there until her death in August of that year.
The home has been featured in several films and television shows, including “The Godfather” and “American Horror Story: Murder House.” It is also a popular tourist destination, with fans often visiting the home to pay their respects to Monroe.
The designation of Monroe’s home as a historic-cultural monument would be a significant victory for preservationists. It would ensure that the home is protected from demolition or significant alteration, and would help to preserve its legacy.