Images via Neutra Architecture You could see this coming a mile away: the Richard Neutra-designed Kronish House in Beverly Hills is headed toward destruction, according to the architect's son and former partner. Dion Neutra tells Curbed that both he and the LA Conservancy have gotten word that the house's current owners--the house was foreclosed on in January--have applied for, but not yet been granted, a demolition permit. The Kronish House was listed for sale in April with no real photos and no mention of the name Neutra (those details were added a few weeks later). Asking price was and still is $13.995 million.
The Kronish was built in 1955 and was "one of the largest residential projects that our office produced in the southland," Neutra fils writes on his website--it has six bedrooms and five and a half bathrooms in 6,891 square feet on just about two acres. (Those acres sit right next door to Madonna's place, incidentally.) Neutra tells us that the owners have refused to let anyone in to photograph the house and that he's hoping any plans for demolition can be stopped. Beverly Hills, as we know, doesn't have strong preservation laws and has let other mid-century houses by big names bite the dust.
· Neutra's Kronish House in Peril [Neutra Architecture]
· Foreclosed Neutra in Beverly Hills Being Sold as a Teardown [Curbed LA]
· Bev Hills Kronish House Listing Now Mentions Neutra, Shows House [Curbed LA]