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Kronish House Spared from Demolition……For Now.

Kronish House Spared from Demolition……For Now.

Kronish House Spared from Demolition……For Now.
August 03
22:52 2011

Kronish House Spared from Demolition……For Now.

Richard Neutra’s Kronish House is an icon in Beverly Hills which dates back to 1955.  The Moderinst mansion, of some 7,000 square feet, was bought out of foreclosure by ‘Soda Partners’ for $5.8 million in early January.  It’s also said to be the last remaining Beverly Hills house designed by Neutra.  The Beverly Hills City Council has asked the community’s Planning Commission to devise a historic preservation ordinance.  If granted, this would be the first ordinance of it’s type for the city.

Mitch Dawson, the attorney of Soda Partners said, “..the house was riddled with mold, asbestos, rotting wood and termites,” which was shot down when the previous owner claimed “..when his family lived in the house, it was structurally in good condition and the photographs were mainly of an unfinished, and completely separate, guest house.”  The owners have agreed to postpone its demolition until at least October 10, 2011, giving preservationists time to come up with a plan to save the residence.

Meanwhile Pricey Pads found the home currently listed with Susan Smith Realty for $13.999 million.  The description reads: “On this unique flag lot sits the largest Neutra home in Southern California waiting to be restored.  The Kronish house was commissioned by Herbert Kronish in 1954 and has been featured in Architectural digest as well as Schulman photos.”  Pricey Pads is 100% against demolition of significant structures – where do you stand?


Photos: Neutra

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