Playboy Mansion May Make it onto L.A.'s Historical Monument List

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Capitol Records, the TCL Chinese Theater, the Hollywood sign -- all iconic spots in Los Angeles that many think of when coming to the city. But now, there may be a 29 roomed estate added to that list.

The Playboy Mansion in Holmby Hills could be dubbed a part of Los Angeles' historic-cultural monuments after a City Council member introduced the motion on Tuesday.

Paul Koretz, who represents Holmby Hills cited the mansion's architecture as an “excellent example of a Gothic-Tudor” as well as the estate’s connection to the city’s history. He did not mention Playboy or Hugh Hefner, Curbed reported.

The property was owned by Playboy Enterprises from 1971 until last year when Hefner's neighbor, billionaire businessman Daren Metropoulos, purchased the property. The magazine empire's founder and owner, Hugh Hefner, lived there until his death on Sept. 27.

The 20,000 square foot mansion is also widely known for it’s extravagant parties that are usually filled with popular celebrities; occasionally wearing lingerie.

Designation as a historic-cultural monument would put strong limits on what alterations could be made to the estate. It could also prevent the mansion from being destroyed without a review.

The mansion was built in 1927 and needs to be recommended for monument status by the Cultural Heritage Commission and the Planning and Land Use Management Committee before coming to the full City Council first for approval, KTLA reports.

Hefner published the first issue of Playboy in December 1953. Today, Playboy is still one of the world's largest-selling and most influential men's magazines.

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