The Richard Neutra-designed Kronish house in Beverly Hills closed escrow today, narrowly escaping demolition by its previous owners. The property, listed at $14 million, sold for $12.8. The 1955 home, Neutra’s largest in America, is in disrepair, but has a high degree of integrity and maintains almost all of its original and irreplaceable fixtures and finishes. Neutra’s son Dion and the Los Angeles Conservancy led the effort to save the home, convincing the city of Beverly Hills to issue a six-month moratorium on construction or demolition at the site so that a preservation-minded buyer could be found. “The Kronish House has dodged the wrecking ball, and we could not be more thrilled,” said Linda Dishman, the Conservancy’s executive director. “This outcome is a testament to the very hard work of many people, the willingness of the City and the owner to give preservation a chance, and the power of public support.” Congratulations to the new buyer, the city and the preservationists. This story couldn’t have had a happier ending. Now if Beverly Hills would only get it together and adopt a preservation ordinance so this doesn’t happen again.
Richard J.Neutra,Kronish House, 1953, pastel on paper, courtesy Art Museum.