“Forgotten Hollywood”- Bob Hope Home Saved…

Posted on September 17, 2016 by raideoman1 | No Comments

Manny P. here… bob-hope

   The Los Angeles City Council passed on Friday an emergency motion to apply Bob Hope’s Toluca Lake house for review as a historic-cultural monument. This savvy move happened after the Department of City Planning alerted to the council that Linda Hope — Bob Hope’s daughter and current owner of the estate on 10346 Moorpark St. in Toluca Lake — had obtained a permit allowing for a demolition inspection.  BOB and DOLORES HOPE –>

   While it’s unclear if Linda Hope does, indeed, intend to demolish the structure, the permit paved way for the process. Once an inspection had been completed, Hope would have been given the green-light to obtain a demolition permit, at which point the city has no power to prevent the destruction of the home.

   Councilmember David Ryu introduced the emergency motion to beat the clock. As noted by Estevan Montemayor, director of communications at Ryu’s office, the house can’t be touched while it’s under review by the Cultural Heritage Commission.

   The decision rests with the Cultural Heritage Commission, a five-member panel that oversees the designation of cultural monuments. Something may deemed historically and culturally significant if it’s, among other things, identified with historic personages, or [embodies] the distinguishing characteristics of an architectural-type specimen. Ryu’s office hopes the Moorpark Street residence will be reviewed in a month.

   The house has had a turbulent ride on the real estate-market. In 2013, it was listed for $27.5 million. The property has a nearly 15,000-square-foot house (designed in the English traditional-style), a one-hole golf course, and an indoor pool. In total, the estate is over five acres. Hope hosted soirees that saw the likes of Lucille Ball, Jack Benny, Bing Crosby, and Frank Sinatra. Once, Richard Nixon’s helicopter landed on the back lawn.

Until next time>                               “never forget”

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