Monroe’s Iconic L.A. Home Faces Demolition: Owners Sue City

Monroe's Iconic L.A. Home Faces Demolition: Owners Sue City

The current owners of Marilyn Monroe’s former Los Angeles home, Brinah Milstein and Roy Bank, are locked in a legal battle with the city over the fate of the iconic Brentwood residence. The wealthy real estate heiress and her reality TV producer husband purchased the property for $8.35 million last summer, intending to extend their house by demolishing Monroe’s former abode.

However, their plans hit a roadblock when the city intervened, halting the demolition permit and initiating a landmark designation process. City leaders, arguing for the house to be recognized as a cultural monument landmark, temporarily stopped the demolition at a September hearing. Subsequently, the Cultural Heritage Commission and the city council’s Planning and Land Use Management Committee approved the landmark application.

The couple, who live next door to the historic property, filed a lawsuit accusing the city of ‘illegal and unconstitutional conduct’ in their efforts to save the house. They contested the significance of Monroe’s connection to the residence, stating that she only briefly lived there for six months before her tragic death 61 years ago. Additionally, they argued that the house does not meet the city’s criteria for a historic landmark.

Seeking to put a halt to the landmark designation process, Milstein and Bank are taking legal action to block the city council’s approval before mid-June. They criticized what they referred to as ‘backdoor machinations’ employed by the city to preserve the house, highlighting the lack of previous actions by the city to designate it as historically or culturally significant over the past 60 years through multiple owners and renovations.

The lawsuit filed by the couple aims to prevent the enforcement of the landmark status on Monroe’s former L.A. home. As the legal battle ensues, the future of the iconic residence remains uncertain, with the council’s pending decision holding the key to whether the property will be preserved as a cultural monument or meet the fate desired by its current owners.


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