History | November 9, 2017 10:00 am

Playboy Mansion Recommended to Become a Historic Monument

Built in 1927, the mansion's reputation as Hugh Hefner's home and haunt is legendary.

Hugh Hefner’s Playboy Mansion could be added to the list of historic-cultural monuments in Los Angeles, according to The Los Angeles Times

Hefner owned the property, located in Holmby Hills, from 1971 until last year. However, the Playboy empire’s founder and owner lived there until he died on Sept. 27. The house is, of course, legendary for parties, celebrity hangouts, and tales of debauchery. 

A Los Angeles City Council member introduced a motion for cultural designation for the house. This would put limits on what changes or alterations could be made and would prevent the mansion from being destroyed without a review.

The mansion sold last year for $100 million to billionaire businessman Daren Metropoulos, who lives next door. The deal did allow Hefner to live in the home until his death. Hefner published the first issue of Playboy in December 1953. It became widely popular, and was the world’s largest-selling and most influential men’s magazine. It also launched several other successful businesses, like nightclubs

Metropoulos, 33, plans on connecting his estate with the Playboy Mansion and “ultimately returning the combined 7.3-acre compound to the original vision executed by architect Arthur R. Kelly,” according to the Times.