Neutra In Danger in Beverly Hills?

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Site of Neutra's Kronish House (via Redfin)

Last month we reported on Beverly Hills’ virtually nonexistent preservation policies and the destructive results for Modern architecture. Well those (lack of) rules seem to be at issue again, as we learn from Curbed LA that Richard Neutra’s 1955 Kronish House is for sale, with a listing on Redfin emphasizing the land’s “huge upside potential as a major estate.”

The listing does not even mention the name Neutra. The 7,000 square foot home on two acres was foreclosed on in January at $5.8 million. The listing invites buyers to “Bring your contractor to remodel the existing single story mid century home or build your dream home.”

According to the city it’s too early to take any action, since no sale has taken place and no plans have been proposed. “As far as the city is concerned it’s just a house for sale,” said Beverly Hills spokesperson Therese Kosterman. “We can only deal with a proposal that’s before us.” Hopefully that proposal won’t involve tearing down yet another midcentury masterpiece.

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