In mid-January 2018 the Conservancy withdrew its Historic-Cultural Monument (HCM) nomination for the Chuey Residence. We decided that the possibility for a preservation solution was greater if we withdrew the nomination and worked with the owners to consider a potential win-win outcome.
We still have the option to re-file the HCM nomination in the future, and the Chuey Residence is protected in the interim.
Believing that the Chuey Residence could be at risk, the Conservancy nominated the iconic house for HCM designation in October 2017.
The Los Angeles Cultural Heritage Commission voted in November 2017 to take the nomination under consideration, which placed a hold on all permit activity while the nomination was pending.
The International Style residence by master architect Richard Neutra is for sale, subject to bankruptcy court approval.
In August 2017, news that the Chuey House was being marketed as a teardown circulated widely through online articles by Curbed Los Angeles, Architectural Digest, The Architect's Newspaper, and others. This news prompted widespread concern about the future of this highly significant residence.
The real estate listing has since been updated to include details of the property’s historical significance, while removing mention of any development opportunity. The Chuey Residence is no longer marketed as a teardown.
The Conservancy submitted a disclosure letter to the listing agents for the property in September 2017 to help ensure that prospective buyers are fully aware of the historical significance of the Chuey Residence, as well as any requirements under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) in the case of future lot subdivision, demolition, and/or major alteration to the residence.