The battle that pitted the family of legendary entertainer Bob Hope against a Los Angeles City Council member has come to a close.
The council voted last week in line with the Hope family to deny cultural monument status to the late actor’s estate in Toluca Lake due to a potential devaluation of the property.
Two council members voted to deny monument status, while eight voted in favor of the designation for the 14,000-plus-square-foot property at 10350 W. Moorpark St., where the Hope family lived for 60 years. Because the city’s Cultural Heritage Commission had recommended against granting the status, 10 votes were needed to approve the site as cultural monument, which would limit alterations that could be made to the property.
Councilman David Ryu led the effort, recommending that the exterior of the main house and two of the five-acre parcels surrounding the estate be deemed historic.
Bob and Dolores Hope’s daughter, Linda Hope, argued that cultural monument status would devalue the property against her late father’s wishes and hurt the family’s ability to sell the home to help fund their foundation.
– Helen Zhao
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