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Anonymous Superhero Saves Neutra's Last Beverly Hills House

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Another day, another piece of architectural history preserved. The Kronish House, built in 1955 by Richard Neutra and the only case of the architect's work in Beverly Hills today, has narrowly escaped demolition thanks to an anonymous buyer who just coughed up $12.8M for the 7,000-square-foot house. The property was foreclosed on in January and hit the market for $13.995M soon after, along with brokerbabble that positioned the place as a teardown: "Bring your contractor to remodel the existing single story mid century home or build your dream home." This summer, Curbed LA found out that there's some disagreement among restorationists as to how much of the existing (and dilapidated) structure was actually built at Neutra's hand to begin with—40 percent? 65 percent?—but the real estate agent who brokered the deal told the Wall Street Journal that the "new owner is going to preserve the house and this will take about two years." Someone who seems none too happy about this: Dion Neutra, the architect's son. He has been gunning for a Neutra Library for a while and now he's waiting on pins and needles to see how the new owners will refashion a residence in pop's work.

· Kronish House in Beverly Hills Sells, Averting Demolition [WSJ]
· Exclusive: Tour Richard Neutra's Runwown Kronish House Now—It Could Be Gone in 2 Weeks [Curbed LA]
· Foreclosed Neutra in Beverly Hills Being Sold as a Teardown [Curbed LA]