The only home that Marilyn Monroe ever owned, and where she passed away, seems close to the brink of demolition — leaving fans and preservationists in a state of dismay.
The Post exclusively reported this week that the late starlet’s Los Angeles residence, at 12305 Fifth Helena Drive in Brentwood, is teetering on the brink of a big transformation, having filed for demolition permits.
The public outcry against the demolition has also now reached a fever pitch, with one Change.org petition titled “Stop Demolition Marilyn MONROE’s house” amassing nearly 3,000 signatures in just 24 hours.
“The Marilyn Monroe house is not just a home; it’s a national treasure, an integral part of Hollywood’s glittering history that cannot simply be erased,” said Jamie Rummerfield, a representative of the organization Save Iconic Architecture, in an interview with KTLA5.
Local residents have also voiced their deep disappointment over the impending destruction of the star residence.
Susan Froomer, a long-time resident of the area, expressed her sentiments, saying, “LA history may not run deep, but having an icon like Marilyn Monroe once call this neighborhood home has truly been a cherished hallmark for our community.”
The petition passionately declares, “The house where Marilyn Monroe used to live (and where she died) is about to have a permit for demolition. This house should become a museum in memory of Marilyn Monroe for visitors, tourists, and fans, just like they did with Elvis Presley’s Graceland.”
Built in 1929, the Spanish-style hacienda holds a unique place in the hearts of admirers worldwide.
But it’s not just the architectural charm that makes this house special. One of Monroe’s personal touches adorns the property — a coat of arms with an inscription in Latin that reads “Cursum Perficio,” meaning “My journey ends here.” It’s a poignant reminder of the Hollywood icon’s tumultuous life and career.
In February 1962, Marilyn Monroe acquired this property for $77,500, equivalent to approximately $790,000 in today’s figures. Six months later, in August 1962, Monroe was discovered lifeless in her bedroom, the result of a barbiturate overdose, at the age of 36.
The debate rages on as fans, residents and preservationists rally to ensure that this piece of Hollywood history doesn’t vanish into oblivion.