City Council Votes to Save Marilyn Monroe’s House From Being Demolished & Now Owners Are Suing

American actress Marilyn Monroe (1926 - 1962) poses outside her home during a photo call, California, USA, 1956.
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UPDATED 5/13/24

The Los Angeles City Council voted to save Marilyn Monroe’s iconic home. As we reported below, there were plans to demolish the property to make way for new housing. The council voted unanimously to revoke the demolition permit under the grounds that it is a historic site. The council also voted to ban any major alterations to the property and will look into giving it the status of a landmark. Now, the homeowners heiress Brinah Milstein and her husband, reality TV producer Roy Bank are suing the city of Los Angeles, claiming that it is their right to demolish the home as it has been owned by many other people after Monroe died there. Stay tuned to this ongoing battle.

Another historic home is likely being demolished. The 1920s Spanish hacienda-style home, once owned by the late actress Marilyn Monroe has been sold and reports show that the new owner immediately applied for a demolition permit. The property has become one of Los Angeles’ most famous landmarks as it was the place where Monroe died suddenly in 1962. It was also the only home that she ever owned and was clearly very special to her. She moved in just six months before her death.

Oddly enough, Monroe had a plaque placed above her door that said “Cursom Perificio,” which translates to “My Journey Ends Here.” As her journey did end there, the home went on to new owners. In recent years, while the exterior remains very similar to how it looked in the ’60s, the interior has been modernized, most notably the kitchen and bathrooms. At one point, the detached guest casita was merged into the main home. While the home has seen some major updates, it does still have the old Hollywood feel to it and it is just south of the iconic Sunset Boulevard.

PALM SPRINGS, CA - 1954: Actress Marilyn Monroe poses for a portrait laying on the grass in 1954 in Palm Springs, California

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The house, located at 12305 Fifth Helena Drive in L.A.’s Brentwood, was purchased by Emerald Lake hedge fund manager Dan Lukas and his wife Anne Jarmain for $7.3 million back in 2014. However, six months ago, they purchased a larger home in the same neighborhood. Someone purchased Monroe’s former home for $8.4 million in cash. Neighborhoods in Los Angeles have seen many demolitions in recent years to make way for bigger and grander homes.

At the time of writing, the permit has not yet been issued but the L.A. Department of Building and Safety recently approved the request for a “plan check” of the proposed work. Only time will tell if the historic home will actually be torn down. What do you think about another historic home being demolished? If you’re interested in looking at photos of the home, click here to view them on Zillow.

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