Marilyn Monroe’s LA home declared a landmark, safe from demolition

Monroe lived in the Spanish Colonial-style house for six months before her death

Marilyn Monroe’s Los Angeles home has been declared a historical cultural monument, rendering it safe from demolition.

Per a report from Variety, Monroe’s house in the Brentwood neighbourhood has been approved in its historical cultural monument nomination by the Los Angeles City Council. This now protects the famous home from any future threat of demolition.

“The Marilyn Monroe Residence in Brentwood is now a Historic-Cultural Monument! Today, L.A. City Council unanimously approved the nomination for Marilyn Monroe’s final home. Thanks to all who voiced their support and a HUGE thanks to Councilwoman Traci Park & team!,” wrote the L.A. Conservancy on X.


The house was purchased by Monroe in 1962, and she had lived there for approximately six months before dying of a suspected overdose in the house that August.

Per Variety, the house was purchased last for over USD$8million by Brinah Milstein and Roy Bank, who were planning to demolish it in order to expand the property they own next door.

Milstein and Bank have sued the city of Los Angeles, arguing that the house has been altered since Monroe’s death, effectively removing all traces of the time she lived there and that it no longer meets the criteria for a historic cultural landkmark. A trail for the case is due for August 13.


The life of Monroe was most recently depicted in the 2022 Netflix film Blonde, starring Ana de Armas. In a four-star review of Blonde, NME‘s Gary Ryan wrote: “It’s not an easy watch and there is a lingering sense of a film trying to have its cake and eat it. It underlines the point that Monroe’s acting prowess was overlooked without focusing on her craft… It complains she’s gratuitously treated as “meat” while the camera frequently lingers on de Armas’ naked body, leaving you wondering: are we witnessing the effects of misogyny or complicit in it? Like any effective horror, Blonde unsettles you long after the credits roll.”

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