As we pass days 200+ still now word as to what’s going on behind that shrouded gate. But at least no news of demolition. Does anyone know the status of Kronish?
Time marches on, with more Neutra’s in crisis. I heard yesterday that the Kraigher House in Brownsville, TX, had fallen hard times. The University of Texas at Brownsville had entered into a lease with the City who owns the site. Under the arrangement they restored the house and were to use it as a visitor center. This worked for a couple of years. Now, I’m told because of budget problems, the University has withdrawn, leaving the house empty. The city, similarly challenged, has been unable to figure out how to occupy it. Transients are reputedly now breaking in and camping out; it will only be a short time before it is destroyed. This is my effort to put the word out to the National Trust and others. Can readers help me broadcast this to parties that might help? Surely the City could assign someone to conduct city business in that venue, at least temporarily?
Closer to home, read a piece I just wrote regarding our Nash House in Camarillo. I’m hoping we may have dodged a bullet, but stay tuned?.There I was told I only had a few days to better a demolition offer; similar to what we experienced with Kronish, but instead of 60 days, I had only 3!
As we pass days 100+, I’m told the house still stands and will continue to do so, but that the owners are very secretive and do not wish to share further plans. I’ve not been asked to participate thus far, other than to be patient. I worry about roof leaks in this season. They certainly bought the right site for this!
As we pass 70 days of Kronish’s borrowed time, I thought I’d post, if only to let people know I’m still thinking about this, and for “no news is good news”! There must be some activity brewing behind that shrouded gate, but I’m STILL as much in the dark as everyone else. At least to my knowledge the house still stands back there. My offer to be of service is still hanging ‘out there’. Continue to sign that petition if only to show continued interest and support?
As we pass 45 days of Kronish’s borrowed time, I thought I’d GIVE THANKS, if only to let people know I’m still thinking about this, and for “no news is good news”! There must be some activity brewing behind that shrouded gate, but I’m as much in the dark as everyone else. At least to my knowledge the house still stands back there. My offer to be of service is still hanging ‘out there’. Continue to sign that petition if only to show continued interest?
As we pass the 30 day allocation of the Kronish’s borrowed time, I thought I’d post something, if only to let people know I’m still thinking about this. There IS some activity brewing behind that shrouded gate, but I’m sworn to secrecy like everyone else. At least to my knowledge the house still stands back there. I’ve continued to offer my services.
It’s been a busy week; time for an up date. We’ve offered to work with the new owners of Kronish on their terms; still trying to find out who they are. Until the new course is set, this house is still living on borrowed time. I continue to gather evidence to present to the councilman, that a remodel of the crosswalk is desired in front of VDL; a lower key version on an adjacent busy highway is our model. No lights, buttons or poles.
This evening saw an ending to our valiant effort to repurpose the Kronish to a public purpose; the Neutra Center. The political will was no longer there to buy out the mysterious secret buyers who closed escrow on the house at 12.8M last week. At the council meeting, time was given to the attorney who had represented the Soda partners, who grossed over 2M in the transaction. He lauded the council for its role in the salvation of the house, along with the patience of his clients. Everyone congratulated each other with this success. My favorite councilman, John Mirisch, even managed to mention my role and interest in working with the new owners.
I’m trying to think what we can say now, as we survive Day 1, post Armagedon, except to continue to hope the that the City will come to its senses and take our offer to front the money and rescue this from whatever fate someone is devising behind the secrecy that has clouded the issue for a couple or more weeks now. I would have thought they’d have contacted me by now, if they had good intentions.
Why do I think this lovely project is now living on borrowed time? Please, ANYONE, if you have information, let me share it with this growing public, with 1100 signatures now on our petition and growing!
Saturday, October 8 was declared by City Council resolution, ‘Dion Neutra Day in Los Angeles’ on the occasion of my 85th birthday! It was a lovely honor and tribute, which I take as some recognition for the preservation efforts I’ve mounted over these past many years. As we celebrate my birthday with family, the fate of Kronish looms.
Guess what; we’ve blasted thru the 1000 mark in our petition! Keep up that good work; sign again in if you haven’t already!
Have you been flooding the city of BH with letters? WE’RE STILL NOT OUT OF THE WOODS! Absent any definitive word on the progress of the mysterious parties who are supposedly checking this out, we can not assume the best!
Did you hear that the Kronish won the Wall Street Journal HOUSE OF LAST WEEK competition? Great approbation, considering it was the only modernist candidate being voted upon. Thanks to those of you who supported there. You can check out the images and page about Kronish here – WSJ House of the Day and our winning percentage here (you’ll have to click back to “View Previous Polls”).
PLEASE WRITE ANOTHER OF THOSE B.H. LETTERS asap – form E letter – The next council meeting is THIS Tuesday the 4th. It’s absolutely our last chance to HOLD THE CITY’S FEET TO THE FIRE and shame them into jumping in and advancing the funds needed to rescue this project for the PUBLIC PURPOSE we’re advocating; ‘The Neutra Center in Beverly Hills’!!!!
Get your friends to follow suit as well. If you’re in the LA area, plan to pack the Council Chambers at the Rexford Ave. BH city hall starting at 7:00, Tuesday, the 4th. If we could get a 1000 letters and 100 people to show, it could be decisive.
Last chance to sign on for tomorrow Saturday’s bash! If we promise not to ask you for a donation, would you grace the festivities with your presence? RSVP? We hope to have a computer set up to where you can sign the growing petition if you can’t get around to it before.
As the ‘village’ commemorates the 10th anniversary commemorations of 9/11, I take note that we’ve just passed the mid point of our efforts to save Kronish. We’re now on the final path to Armageddon in less than 30 days! I’ve yet to get the feeling that we’ve succeeded in our efforts to go viral with this campaign. The actual contributions have now topped the $1,000 mark; a far cry from the $16M we said wed need. Some 350 people have signed our petition; again, short of the 1,000,000 I was hoping for. WHAT CAN WE DO?
We had a great break in the Mountains. On the final night I had a great dream; we’d topped the $16M mark and counting! I even started to figure out what other worthy projects we might be able to fund on top of the Kronish!
I had also had an inspiration in response to someone at camp who asked me to encapsulate our project in a simple acronym. I came up with ‘Networking for Neutra’ or NFN! How about this scenario? It’ll take a “village” to solve this one!
Made a point late yesterday to measure more closely where the offending pole, now replete with part of its adornments could be moved, if it can’t be eliminated altogether. Between 42′ and 45′ looks possible considering the trees and storm sewer installations nearby. In lieu the horrific pole, a slim 5′ high post with a pushbutton would be acceptable.
Why couldn’t this whole crosswalk be one that only features flashing lights embedded in the pavement instead of these intrusive poles on all sides of the street. I feel like I should photograph this again with all the poles in place; it’s a forest!
Monday morning I was interviewed for a feature of Wall Street Journal, called ‘House of the Week’. The Kronish was featured and I was told if enough people voted for it, it would get even more coverage! As soon as it is published I will share a link for you to register your vote! And don’t forget to use our new link http://www.neutra.org/kronish/donate.html to share our new discrete donate page to save this icon!
I made a presentation yesterday eve at the Modcom meeting which started by trying to save Ed Fickett’s West Hollywood Library, which was slated for demolition. I wrote a support letter. After that there was the hope that something could be done about the offending pole at VDL, plus more support for Kronish.
At the moment, all we can think of, is an appearance at a Heritage Commission Meeting.
Lots of activity. A couple of what seem like likely private prospects showing interest, with one of which I may meet on the site today. Made me realize that we should also have an alternate Neutra Center Plan in case this one doesn’t work out. We have so many other worthy preservation plans as well, we hope everyone will continue to help us reach our 15M goal in time. Note the new countdown display keeping track of the days left to doomsday.
We continue to explore ways to go viral with this appeal. A YouTube video is now in production.
Again very good ideas surfacing from volunteers; thanks so much! As of 11/11, and counting, we had only 58 days left!
Word has reached me that the owners or others, may have taken umbrage with some of what has appeared in these entries. If that is so, I apologize. No disrespect was intended. On the contrary, in my mind, everything I’ve been doing has been directed to find a way to take this property off their hands with a profit. I continue in that spirit.
Yesterday, a couple of what would seem to be serious private parties have asked me how they can gain access. One even went on to wonder how control can be created such that any restorations would be done under my supervision so as to ensure authenticity. For that I would be grateful. I’ve referred them to the listing agent, and offered to show up at a showing.
Several other variations of Plan R, have come up, which I’m fleshing out with the parties as we speak. A number of new volunteers have surfaced with excellent ideas. The Village is starting to wake up! Remember; you can CONTRIBUTE!
Very busy weekend; maybe you noticed. Big article in the LA Times, Saturday morning. I laid it on the table for our big meeting. 15 people showed up; about our max. Good diversity, discussion, and promises of action on most of the 15 tasks that I’d outlined, including how to go viral with this message; stay tuned.
Among others, I wrote a letter to the HOME section of the Times with copy to the NY Times. Also one to the World Monument Fund, and the county Library here, LACMA appealing for help. Donations have started to snow in; we’re on our way. Several people are researching how to reach the big bux folk with proven records of magnanimity. Others are contacting school of architecture, TV and Radio media contacts, print and electronic blogs and media, as well as social media of all types. If you have contacts in any of these areas, please chip in and spread the word.
As this momentous week comes to the end for most, I’m planning a big get-together at my home studio tomorrow, Saturday the 6th at 2pm. The purpose is to brainstorm on how to go VIRAL with the outreach and fund raising to where we contact 50M people of whom we hope at least 30M will donate $5 or more! At some level we hope to attract matching grants and big bux people to sweeten the pot even more!
We have about 60 days to raise $15-20M. If the whole “village” out there can be contacted and a case made for the salvation of the “last Neutra in BH” in favor of open use for this spectacular project, we’ll have achieved National History in the area of preservation by popular support! Note the difference in this approach vs. just sitting back and hoping.