The Kronish House, one of a handful of Beverly Hills residences designed by Modernist architect Richard Neutra, appears headed for demolition. Please Sign the petition to save the Kronish House
The house, which is not visible from the street, has been “terribly neglected, but the bones are still there,” said Dion Neutra, an architect who teamed up with his late father, Richard Neutra, on the project. “The new owner thinks it would be more valuable to tear it down and have empty land.”
Dion Neutra and the Los Angeles Conservancy say the loss of the Kronish House would be akin to the 2002 demolition of Neutra’s 1963 Maslon House in Rancho Mirage. That 5,000-square-foot, six-bedroom landmark was flattened even after assurances from a real estate agent that the new owner was thinking of restoring it. Preservationists across the nation protested the loss.
Unlike Los Angeles, Pasadena, Long Beach and several other cities, Beverly Hills has no preservation ordinance.
“The city of Beverly Hills currently has no way to even examine the situation before it’s too late,” said Linda Dishman, the conservancy’s executive director. “They’re taking important steps toward providing the ‘carrot’ through preservation incentives like the Mills Act, but they have no ‘stick’ in the form of protections.”
Named for its original owner, real estate developer Herbert Kronish, and built in 1954, the one-story house sits at the end of a 250-foot-long driveway on a two-acre “flag” lot. With 6,891 square feet of living space, six bedrooms and 5 1/2 bathrooms, the contemporary home is one of the architect’s largest in Southern California, according to Dion Neutra.