Buk's House Now a Landmark, Like It or Not
It's official - Buk's De Longpre house is now a landmark.
Those who love the Buk are thrilled about this news, especially after the court fight got nasty when lawyers for the property owners called Bukowski a Nazi. Once that offensive mess got cleared up, the debate about the value of Bukowski's legacy raged on for months. To achieve landmark status after such a fight - especially in a city that seems hell-bent on tearing down important historical buildings - is a win.
Yet many who dig what the Buk was about think the whole thing is a bit crazy. Linda Lee Bukowski said as much in her letter to LA Weekly last November, "Regarding the situation about making the place on De Longpre Avenue a landmark, may I just say that Hank wouldn’t have cared a wink about it."
It is also interesting to note that the most vocal supporters for landmark status have much to gain from such a designation, as the location can eventually be added to tours of Hollywood.
Photo by dvanhorn via Flickr