Los Angeles City Councilman Marvin Braude on Monday proposed declaring a Pacific Palisades mansion that served as a gathering place for German intellectuals during World War II a city landmark to protect it from possible demolition.
Braude said the landmark status would give the 22-room house and its 36,000-volume library a one-year reprieve from destruction, giving preservationists time to raise money to buy the building or persuade its current owners--USC--not to sell it.
Braude said he would introduce a motion to the City Council today, requesting that the mansion be declared a city cultural and historic monument.
The Spanish-style mansion was home to expatriate German novelist Lion Feuchtwanger and his wife, Marta. It was a gathering place for many of the anti-Nazi writers and intellectuals who fled their native Germany. Among those who visited the home, known as Villa Aurora, were playwright Bertolt Brecht and novelist Thomas Mann.