Monday, 22 October, 2018


Playboy Mansion to get protected status under deal with city

The deal was made between home owner Daren Metropoulos, and 5th District Councilmember Paul Koretz The deal was made between home owner Daren Metropoulos, and 5th District Councilmember Paul Koretz
Noah Ferguson | 07 March, 2018, 20:57

He agreed to not demolish the 20,000-square-foot (1858-sq. meter) main residence as he proceeds with plans to connect the mansion and its grounds to his 2-acre plot next door.

Councilmember Paul Koretz and investor Daren Metropoulos, who bought the house two years ago, announced this week that they had signed a covenant meant to permanently protect the residence from demolition. It was designed by architect Arthur Roland Kelly in Gothic Tudor style. The permanent protection covenant will remain in effect under future owners.

A spokesperson for the L.A. Conservancy which works to preserve historic cultural and architectural resources in L.A.was not aware of the details of the Playboy Mansion covenant and declined to comment at length but did say that the agency accepts conservation "easements" that pass from owner to owner of a particular property.

Last year, Koretz offered that the city officiate the property as a historic cultural monument.

In a statement to The Hollywood Reporter, Metropoulos reveals how "I'm extremely passionate about its architecture and look forward to this momentous opportunity to transform one of the finest estates in the country".

"I plan to meticulously refurbish the property with the highest quality and standards in mind", Metropoulos said, adding that he had worked with Koretz to "develop an understanding of my vision to restore the mansion while modernizing and replacing important mechanical systems in the structure".

Hefner was constantly criticized for misogyny, sexism and overall his treatment of women. Former girlfriend Holly Madison, who starred in a reality show set at the mansion with other girlfriends, has spoken and written about the depression and verbal abuse she experienced there.

The iconic Los Angeles mansion has had lovely women and celebrities grace the grounds since the early 1970s where it was the home of "Playboy" magazine creator Hugh Hefner until he passed away previous year.

"We are all very grateful to the Holmby Hills Homeowners Association for spotlighting this property as a cornerstone of the founding of Holmby Hills and surrounding neighborhood".

"The significance of the property to Los Angeles' history actually starts with the Letts family and shouldn't be forgotten", Koretz said.

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