LA Councilwoman Seeks to Block Demolition of Marilyn Monroe's Home

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LOS ANGELES (CNS) - Los Angeles City Councilwoman Traci Park will introduce a motion Friday hoping to save Marilyn Monroe's Brentwood home from demolition by having it declared a historic-cultural monument.

The owners of the 1920-era home, which Monroe purchased in the early 1960s and where the actress died of an overdose in 1962 at age 36, are planning to demolish it.

The Los Angeles Times reported that the property was purchased in 2017 for $7.25 million by Glory of the Snow LLC, which is managed by hedge fund manager Dan Lukas, then sold to Glory of the Snow Trust for $8.35 million earlier this year. It was unclear why the owner is looking to demolish the home.

News of the home's pending demolition, however, sparked outrage from local history buffs and Monroe fans.

Enter Park, who scheduled a 9:30 a.m. news conference Friday to announce an effort to save the structure from the wrecking ball.

"This critical move underscores the city of Los Angeles' commitment to preserving its rich history, ensuring that iconic landmarks and pivotal moments continue to inspire future generations," according to a statement from Park's office.

Park plans to introduce a motion during Friday's council meeting that would begin the process for declaring the property a historic-cultural monument, thus preventing its demolition.

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