Though Ray Bradbury's literary legacy lives on after the author's 2012 passing, the Los Angeles home where he lived for over 50 years is currently getting the teardown treatment.
Curbed LA reports that the buyers who paid $270,000 over the home's asking price last May (the total: a cool $1.765 million) received a permit last month to demolish the place, described by the real estate site as "a charmer: a 1937 traditional with lots of classic Los Angeles features of the era, and a surprisingly spacious basement where [Bradbury] chose to write daily."
The buyer? Pritzker Prize-winning "starchitect" Thom Mayne and his wife, Blythe Alison-Mayne. Curbed LA has more:
According to John King Tarpinian, who took these photos [see more on scifi fan site File 770], a contractor on the site told him that the new property owner's plan is to demolish Bradbury's house to put in a new house with three underground levels — one of which will hold a swimming pool — and two stories above ground. There are no permits on file with the city for the construction right now, so it's not clear whether or not the plans are anything more than that, but whatever Mayne builds will probably be pretty spectacular — he's best known around Los Angeles for his zippy Caltrans building Downtown and the huge, glassy-gutted square of Emerson College's new campus in Hollywood.
No word on if the new construction will include, uh, a library, though King Tarpinian had this report from the scene:
As I was taking pictures locals were walking their dogs. They'd stop to observe and we'd converse. One lady had no idea who had owned the house; she was new to the neighborhood. She walked away in tears. Another long time neighbor knew it was Ray's home and we mutually agreed things like this are just wrong but money wins out. Another young couple had no idea who Ray was … the saddest encounter of all.