THE LOS ANGELES City Council in the United States on Wednesday (06/26) approved the proposal of Marilyn Monroe’s house in the Brentwood neighborhood as a historical-cultural monument.

“Marilyn Monroe’s Brentwood home is now a Historical-Cultural Monument!” wrote the Los Angeles Conservancy on X’s account.

In a post on X’s account on Wednesday (6/26), the historic preservation organization said that the Los Angeles City Council had agreed to approve the nomination of Marilyn Monroe’s last home as a historic landmark.

According to Variety, Monroe lived in the four-bedroom Spanish Colonial home for about six months in 1929 and died there of an overdose in 1962.

In its proposal to landmark Monroe’s home, the LA Conservancy said the house was “the first place he sought out and purchased for himself while actively working in 1962.

Homeowners Brinah Milstein and her husband, reality TV producer Roy Bank, bought the house last year for US$8.35 million, or about IDR 137 billion, and planned to demolish it to expand their property next door.

They fought for a year to prevent the house from being designated a historical landmark, which they said would cause more disruption to visitors.

The homeowners have sued the city, accusing officials of “backdoor machinations,” and the case is scheduled for trial on August 13.

In the lawsuit, the owners say the house has been substantially altered and no evidence remains of Monroe’s stay there, so it does not meet the criteria for historic landmark status.

While historic designation cannot completely prevent a property from being demolished, it does require the implementation of a rigorous architectural review process if demolition is proposed.

Los Angeles City Councilwoman Traci Park stated prior to the vote that no other individual or location in the City of Los Angeles is as iconic as Marilyn Monroe and her residence in Brentwood. [antaranews/photo special]