Neutra House Temporarily Spared by Community Action

The Kronish House in Beverly Hills, California. From Mark Angeles via Unlimited Style

A place belongs forever to whoever claims it hardest, remembers it most obsessively, wrenches it from itself, shapes it, renders it, loves it so radically that he remakes it in his own image.

Joan Didion

Community pressure has swayed the owners of ‘s Kronish House to postpone plans for demolition, and has also prompted the city of Beverly Hills to draft legislation to preserve its architectural history. The house been spared until at least October 10 in order to give community activists time to devise a plan for its restoration. In a related, ground-breaking action the Beverly Hills City Council has asked the city’s Planning Commission to enact a first-ever historic-preservation ordinance.

Aerial View of the Kronish House, from Redfin via Creative Commons Licence

The home, which sits on 2 acres juts off Sunset Blvd., received attention in April when it was sold as a $14 million “tear down.” While the property’s former owner, fraudster Aaron Yashouafar, deserves no defense for his architectural insensitivity, it is worth noting that after decades of neglect the property can be reasonably considered as beyond repair.

The home and its owners demolition plans have sparked vigorous debate about historic both locally and internationally. Nearby cities Los Angeles and Pasadena already have historic-preservation ordinances in effect.

From LA Times “LA NOW” blog: http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/lanow/2011/08/neutras-kronish-house-gets-a-reprieve.html

Cite: Jacobson, Samuel. "Neutra House Temporarily Spared by Community Action" 18 Aug 2011. ArchDaily. Accessed 22 Jul 2014. <http://www.archdaily.com/?p=159164>

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    I am shocked at the news that any of Neutra houses could be demolished or any other house modernist house as matter of fact!!!
    I mean America built some of the most iconic modernist buildings in the world!!
    You must preserve your historic heritage and stop the senseless development of yet another tacky millionaire mansion.

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