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Richard Neutra's Kronish House spared, for now

August 3, 2011 |  4:49 pm


Richard Neutra's Kronish House in Beverly Hills has been spared demolition, at least for now, the L.A. Now blog reports. The owners of the Modernist structure have agreed to postpone its demolition until at least Oct. 10, in order to give preservationists time to create a plan to save the residence.

The decision comes after much outcry from community leaders and preservation groups. Among the organizations to lobby the city were the Los Angeles Conservancy, the American Institute of Architects and the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

Kronish House, which dates from 1955, is one of the largest homes that Neutra designed in Southern California. The residence occupies nearly 7,000 square feet and is located on the north side of Sunset Boulevard., near Mountain Drive The residence is not visible from the street.

The owner of Kronish House is Soda Partners, a limited partnership that purchased the property in January.

On Wednesday, the Beverly Hills City Council also asked the community's Planning Commission to devise a historic-preservation ordinance. The move is significant because it would be the first such ordinance for the city.


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Photo: Kronish House in Beverly Hills. Credit: Marc Angeles / Unlimited Style