Taylor Swift’s historic mansion will meet its fate at a Beverly Hills City Council meeting in less than two weeks, Mansion Global has learned.
Over the past year, Ms. Swift has pushed to turn her new home in Beverly Hills into a local historic landmark due to its long history as the estate of iconic Hollywood producer Samuel Goldwyn.
Council members on April 4 will have the final say in whether to legally landmark the property, which the pop star bought from Goldwyn’s heirs in 2015 for $25 million and is now in the process of restoring.
Goldwyn co-founded Goldwyn Pictures, which later merged into Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, or MGM, known by its iconic roaring lion in the intro credits. He and his wife commissioned the Georgian Revival home in the early 1930s, even recruiting set designers from the studio to help with construction.
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But Ms. Swift, 27, is most likely “Out of the Woods” on this pet project, judging by the gushing fanfare her conservation efforts got when the application went before the Beverly Hills Cultural Commission in January. The commission voted unanimously in favor of the landmark designation, sending it through to the city council for final approval.
“This is one of the great estates in this city, and it’s very important to the history of the city,” said Noah Furie, vice chair of the cultural commission, at the hearing in January. “And I’m thrilled that whoever the owner is, they’ve found it important to keep this house and spend the money to restore it because it’s no small thing to do.”
It was revealed at the January meeting that Ms. Swift had commissioned a detailed architectural report in order to get the property landmarked, and is in the midst of restoring the home in painstaking detail.
For instance, workers have temporarily removed the wisteria growing on the front of the home while they finish work on the exterior, and preserved the original plaster moulding on the curved interior staircase, Ms. Swift’s architect Monique Schenk said at the January meeting.
“Really, when this project’s done, hopefully this year … it’s going to be really spectacular,” Ms. Schenk said. “We’ve preserved and maintained a lot of the elements and those that were deteriorating, we’ve replicated.”
A publicist for Ms. Swift did not immediately return a request for comment.