The Kronish Residence, the home that brought the City of Beverly Hills into the fold of conservation, is at long last going to be nominated for local landmark status.
The 1954-5 Mid-Century Modern home was at the brink of demolition when it sold in foreclosure for $5.8 million. Dilapidated and run down, the new owners wanted to raise it and build on the 2-acre site located off Sunset Blvd. on a flag lot.
The conservation community went into high gear, mobilizing to find a like-minded buyer.
The home has apparently been meticulously restored by the award-winning firm of Marmol Radziner. The rehabilitation was completed last year.
Not visible from the street, the home is the largest of the residences built by Master Architect Richard Neutra. Its pinwheel design and adjoining pool area, also designed by the architect, will now be saved from future redevelopment.
Also up for nomination tomorrow is Will Rogers Park and the Merrell Gage sculpture, “Celluloid”, reflecting the 2014 celebration of the City’s Centennial year.
Will Rogers Park, across Sunset from the Beverly Hills Hotel, originally was part of the hotel grounds. Donated in 1915 to the City, it was Beverly Hills’ first municipal park. Recently, the fountain was renamed in honor of Margaret Anderson, founder of the Beverly Hills Hotel and the woman who donated, with her son Stanley, the fabled park.
“Celluloid” is the name of the 1959 sculpture commemorating the movie personalities who were so crucial to preserving the City’s independence in the face of Los Angeles’ efforts to annex it for water. The eight celebrities who brought in the vote for independence are each named; Rudolph Valentino, Tom Mix, Will Rogers, Mary Pickford, Douglas Fairbanks, Conrad Nagel, Fred Niblo and Harold Lloyd. It is located at the corner of South Beverly Drive and Olympic Boulevard.