Victory for Marilyn Monroe Fans as Iconic Star’s LA Home Declared Historic Monument


Marilyn Monroe aficionados everywhere are celebrating their victory in preserving the legendary starlet’s enduring imprint on the city of Los Angeles. A significant stride has been taken towards ensuring that the gigantic statue, aptly named “Forever Marilyn,” continues to grace the Palm Springs skyline.

The dwelling in Los Angeles, which briefly served as Monroe’s abode and where she tragically met her end, has now been designated as a historic cultural monument. Simultaneously, the Palm Springs planning commission’s recent decision has improved the prospects of the towering 26-foot statue remaining in its current location.

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The proposal to declare Monroe’s erstwhile residence as a historic site was passed by the Los Angeles City Council following a protracted tug-of-war on whether the Brentwood neighborhood house should face a wrecking ball, as per information from the Los Angeles Times.

The current proprietors, who occupy the adjoining property, had plans to annihilate the abode to augment their existing estate. However, the council displayed unanimous resolve in preserving it.

Council representative Traci Park stated prior to the momentous vote, “There’s no other person or place in the city of Los Angeles as iconic as Marilyn Monroe and her Brentwood home.”

Monroe became the owner of this house with a payment of $75,000, only to die a few months later on August 4, 1962, from an alleged overdose. The current owners, Brinah Milstein and Roy Bank, who procured the property for $8.35 million, managed to secure a demolition permit only to face staunch resistance.

According to the owners, the home has undergone numerous modifications over the years, diluting its historic significance. Furthermore, they argue it has become a neighborhood irritant due to swelling tourist footfall.

Milstein and Bank’s lawyer, Peter C. Sheridan, alleged that the designation process was “biased, unconstitutional and rigged.” He accused Park and her team of being non-responsive to the owners’ attempts to negotiate a resolution and of disregarding objections from civic and homeowners’ associations.

Arguing further, Sheridan stated that the city had previously “granted dozens of permits to over 14 different prior owners to alter the house through multiple remodels, resulting in nothing substantial left that reflects Ms. Monroe’s brief tenure there 60 years ago.

Meanwhile, in Palm Springs, the towering visage of “Forever Marilyn” captures the iconic actress in her unforgettable scene from “The Seven Year Itch,” with her dress billowing about her. Although the statue has journeyed across the U.S. and beyond, it has now found its way back to Palm Springs. The hotel industry group who own the statue are keen for it to have a permanent home, though it faces opposition from some local residents.

The planning commission’s technical decision about the statue’s location, as reported by The Desert Sun, is a positive signal towards preserving it. However, the final verdict on the statue’s fate will continue to be debated in future sessions of the Palm Springs City Council.