Marilyn Monroe's Brentwood house is officially a historical Landmark

The former home of Marilyn Monroe is officially a Los Angeles historic cultural monument, as city officials confirmed the designation Wednesday after previously delaying the vote to address concerns from the property owners and neighborhood residents.

In a 12-0 vote, council members approved a motion — introduced by Councilwoman Traci Park, who represents the 11th District, which includes Monroe's former home at 12305 West Fifth Helena Drive — to preserve the home following an attempt by the property owners to demolish it last year.

Council members Marqueece Harris-Dawson, Eunisses Hernandez and Kevin de León were absent during the vote.

"We have an opportunity to do something today that should have been done 60 years ago," Park said prior to the vote. "There is no other person or place in the city of Los Angeles as iconic as Marilyn Monroe and her Brentwood home."

BRENTWOOD, CA - JULY 26: (MARILYN MONROE FEATURE) An aerial view of the house where actress Marilyn Monroe died is seen on July 26, 2002 in Brentwood, California. This year marks the 40th anniversary of Monroe's death. The actress, famous for such fi

The actress died on Aug. 4, 1962, at the age of 36 as a result of an overdose inside her home. Monroe had been one of the most popular Hollywood stars during the 1950s and early 1960s.

"Some of the most world-famous images ever taken of her were in that home, on those grounds and near her pool. Marilyn tragically died there — forever ties her in time and place to this very home," Park said. "There is likely no woman in history or culture who captures the imagination of the public the way Marilyn Monroe did. Even all these years later, her story still resonates and inspires many of us today."

In September 2023, in response to concerns from residents, fans and historic preservationists, Park moved to save the home by designating it as a historic cultural monument. The councilwoman said it would be a "devastating blow" for historic preservation and for a city where less than 3% of historic designations are associated with women's heritage.


Residents in proximity to the Brentwood home have expressed concerns about privacy and safety with the designation. Park noted that she has balanced those concerns as the designation moved through the Historic Cultural Commission and the council's Planning and Land Use Management Committee.

In a move to further that effort, Park introduced a motion during Wednesday's council meeting to evaluate tour bus restrictions on West Fifth Helena Drive and surrounding streets.

COPY SHOT: A photo o Marilyn Monroe's pool and backyard as it was when she owned the Brentwood home which is part of the collection of Greg Schreiner copy shot on July 13, 2010 at Schreiner's home in Los Angeles.The home where Marilyn Monroe died in

"My team and I will continue working closely with the community to address any future concerns that arise," Park said. "I also understand that access is an important component of preservation, which is why throughout this process, my team and I have worked closely with the property owners to assess potentially moving the home to a place where the public might actually be able to visit and spend time."

Those conversations have yet to be held, but the councilwoman expressed her hope that it can be done in the future.

Council members were set to consider Park's motion on June 12. However, Park requested the item be extended until Wednesday to continue discussions with the property owners, who had challenged the designation, suing the city for an injunctive relief. On June 4, a judge tentatively denied their attempt.

Attorneys for real estate heiress Brinah Milstein and her husband, producer Roy Bank, previously filed court papers with Los Angeles Superior Court Judge James Chalfant in which they said the city was violating the law by trying to give the home historical recognition. The pair bought the residence last July for $8.35 million and had obtained a demolition permit from the city - - which was later revoked.

According to the Milstein-Bank court papers, the couple will suffer irreparable harm without a preliminary injunction. The petition sought a court order blocking the monument designation and allowing the plaintiffs to move forward with their planned razing so they could demolish the structure to expand their current home, which is adjacent to the property.

The judge issued a tentative ruling in favor of the city, calling the Milstein-Bank motion an "ill-disguised motion to win so that they can demolish the home and eliminate the historic cultural monument issue."

The couple would not suffer the irreparable harm they claimed by being denied a preliminary injunction because the City Council would address the issue, according to Chalfant.

Bank and Milstein filed the petition May 6, alleging "illegal and unconstitutional conduct" by the city "with respect to the house where Marilyn Monroe occasionally lived for a mere six months before she tragically committed suicide 61 years ago."