Written by The Business Journal Staff
(AP) — Germany has purchased a Los Angeles house once owned by Thomas Mann, averting demolition of the home where the Nobel Prize-winning novelist lived for a decade after fleeing the rise of Nazism.
The Los Angeles Times reported Sunday that the home, built in 1941 and designed by modernist architect J.R. Davidson, had been listed for about $15 million and labeled a tear-down.
An online petition called on the German government to save the home in Pacific Palisades, describing it as a monument to exiles in California and resistance to the Nazi regime. It was bought for $13.25 million and officials say it will be renovated and used as an artist residency.
The Times says that while living at the home during the 1940s, Mann wrote “Doctor Faustus” and “The Holy Sinner.”