Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Protect the Kronish House at 9439 Sunset Blvd.

AIA|LA Encourages the City of Beverly Hills to Take Action to Protect the Kronish House at 9439 Sunset Blvd

July 26, 2011

Mayor Barry Brucker
City of Beverly Hills
Beverly Hills City Council, Rm. 400
455 N. Rexford Drive
Beverly Hills, CA 90210
Phone: (310) 285-1013
Fax: (310) 275-8159

Re: Kronish House at 9439 Sunset Blvd. (Richard Neutra, 1955)

Dear Mayor Brucker and Members of the City Council:

On behalf of the Los Angeles Chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA|LA) we are writing to encourage you to protect the Kronish House from demolition. Designed by architect Richard Neutra in 1955, the Kronish house is an excellent example of modern architecture and, if properly restored, has the potential to serve as a valuable cultural asset for Southern California.

In addition to protecting the Kronish House from demolition, AIA|LA also encourages Beverly Hills to consider adopting a preservation ordinance that will help protect other architectural landmarks, which have helped Beverly Hills become a world-renowned destination. Encouraging property owners to accept tax benefits under the Mills Act in exchange for preserving and restoring landmark structures is an initiative that will provide cultural benefits for future generations.

Likewise, The Getty Institute and the Los Angeles Conservancy have created an excellent online resource that helps to outline the various economic and cultural incentives for the rehabilitation of historic homes. We're confident that once the property owner has a better idea about the opportunities available, that they will find greater value preserving the home as opposed to razing it altogether.

Very truly yours,
Nicci Solomons, Hon. AIACC
Executive Director
AIA Los Angeles

For more information, please contact:

Will Wright
Director of Government & Public Affairs
AIA Los Angeles

3780 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 800
Los Angeles, CA 90010
213.639.0764  phone
213.639.0767  fax

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