The ghost of Hugh Hefner can rest easy knowing the hallways he was recently appointed to haunt won’t be torn down but instead remodeled. The Playboy Mansion wasn’t landmarked by Los Angeles as originally planned but the new owner, Daren Metropoulos, and council member, Paul Koretz, agreed on both signing a permanent protection covenant. Even though the covenant is not as glorious as a promise from God, it’s better than nothing. Metropoulos wants to honor Hefner’s wishes and make sure every “Hugh was here” written in bodily fluid is preserved to keep his memory alive for centuries to come.
The home, built in 1927, grew to fame after Playboy’s Hefner purchased it in 1971. It was sold to Metropoulos in 2016 for $100 million. Hefner lived out his last days there until his death in September 2017 at age 91. During its renovation, the home will also be rejoined with a neighboring property, also owned by Metropoulos. Together it will create a 7.3-acre compound in Holmby Hills.
The house will lose it’s sentimental value after a few generations. The idea to keep Hef’s memory alive through his old assets seems ideal at the moment but pretty soon everything Playboy will fade into obscurity. Hugh’s body was still warm when they decided to feature a chick with a dick as a playmate. With a primary audience of heterosexual males that decision didn’t make sense. Men don’t want to wonder what’s in a playmate’s underwear every month when it’s been consistently the same genitalia since the publication started. I know taking a risk is great for growth but most men like women without partially tucked semis. Playboy’s public image is slowly swirling down the toilet. It won’t be long before a final flush and they’re forgotten forever.
Photo Credit: Playmate Ana Braga from Splash News