Marilyn Monroe's Brentwood Home Saved from Demolition

By Deependra Singh

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Marilyn Monroe's historic Brentwood residence received a temporary reprieve from the threat of demolition, thanks to a unanimous decision by the L.A. City Council on Friday. 

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Councilmember Traci Park acted swiftly upon learning that the owner, Glory of the Snow Trust, had sought a demolition permit for the iconic Spanish Colonial home. 

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Despite her team's best efforts, the Department of Building and Safety issued the demolition permit before they could intervene effectively. 

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Councilmember Traci Park, who represents the 11th District, delivered a passionate speech in which she announced her intention to initiate the consideration of designating Marilyn Monroe's home as a historic-cultural monument. 

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As a nod to Marilyn Monroe's style, Councilmember Park donned red lipstick and styled her short blond hair in a Monroe-inspired manner during her speech and press conference. 

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The motion presented to the council called for immediate action to assess the home's eligibility as a historic-cultural monument for the city, while ensuring the property owner's rights were respected. 

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The public comment segment of the meeting showcased diverse opinions. Some questioned the urgency of preserving Monroe's home amidst a homelessness crisis, while others underscored the importance of honoring women by preserving the historic site. 

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Stacey Segarra-Bohlinger, a representative from the Sherman Oaks neighborhood council, emphasized the duty and privilege of Angelenos to safeguard historical monuments. She criticized developers for what she viewed as their role in detrimentally altering the city. 

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In a unanimous decision, the City Council resolved to move forward with the process of considering Marilyn Monroe's former residence for historic-cultural monument status. 

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Throughout the proceedings, Councilmember Traci Park's commitment to preserving the city's rich history and heritage was evident, marking a significant step toward safeguarding this iconic piece of Los Angeles history. 

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