The Los Angeles City Council has unanimously decided to temporarily suspend the owner’s permit to demolish Marilyn Monroe former residence, the site of her tragic passing in Brentwood, Los Angeles.
Marilyn Monroe: City Council Suspends Demolition Plans
The owner of the building, Glory of the Snow Trust, had previously obtained permission to tear down the historic property earlier this month, as reported by the Los Angeles Times and EW on Monday (9/11). However, they have not disclosed their plans for the property after the demolition.
City Council member Traci Park expressed that they took swift action upon learning of the demolition plans. She stated, “Unfortunately, the Department of Building and Safety issued the demolition permit before my team and I could intervene fully and resolve this issue.”
For now, the Historical Resources Office and the Cultural Heritage Commission have 75 days to evaluate the building to determine if it qualifies as a historic preservation.
Monroe independently owned the Spanish-style house, which she purchased for $77,500 in February 1962 after her divorce from playwright Arthur Miller. Tragically, Monroe also passed away six months later in this very house.
Park commented, “For many people around the world, Marilyn Monroe is not just a film icon. Her story, from a challenging childhood in an orphanage to becoming a global sensation, is a shining example of overcoming adversity.”
Monroe was Discovered Lifeless
Monroe was discovered lifeless in her Los Angeles bedroom in the early hours of Sunday, August 5, 1962. Her lifeless body was found lying face down on her bed with her hand holding the telephone by her housekeeper, Eunice Murray, who was peeking into Monroe’s room through a window.
The news of Monroe’s death sent shockwaves across the globe, especially when the police revealed that an excessive amount of prescription drugs was found in her body during the autopsy.
According to toxicology analysis, Monroe’s cause of death was a barbiturate overdose. Barbiturates are a type of sedative drug used to treat seizures, anxiety disorders, severe insomnia, and as an anesthetic.
The Los Angeles City Council has temporarily suspended the owner’s permit to demolish Marilyn Monroe’s former home, allowing for an evaluation of its historical significance. This decision acknowledges Monroe’s enduring legacy beyond her iconic film career.