HOLMBY HILLS—The legendary mansion of late businessman-socialite Hugh Hefner may be marked as a Los Angeles historical monument.
Los Angeles City Councilmember Paul Koretz, who represents Holmby Hills, indicated in a motion that the mansion is a good architectural representation of gothic-tudor homes and provides a history of the neighborhood. Koretz failed to mention the social context that mansion is known for as a reason for historical preservation.
The Playboy Mansion in Holmby Hills has been the scene of lavish parties, and was a popular celebrity hangout for decades. The 20,000 square foot mansion was built in 1927 and was owned by Playboy Enterprises since 1971 before it was sold in 2016, when it was purchased by billionaire Daren Metropoulos, co-owner of the Hostess Brand.
The stipulation in the sale allowed Hefner to live on the premises until his death. He died on September 27, 2017 at the age of 91. Metropoulos lives next door, and indicated he hopes to connect his home to the mansion and create a large estate. Should it become a historical landmark, it would receive additional protections, such as preventing significant building alterations and demolition without review.
Hefner founded and was editor-in-chief of Playboy Magazine. The first issue hit the stands on December 1953 with a nude calendar spread of actress Marilyn Monroe. Hefner was chief creative officer of Playboy Enterprise. He was an advocate for sexual liberation and freedom of expression.