Chris Pratt And Katherine Schwarzenegger Are Being Criticized For Reportedly Demolishing A "Historic" Home

If you're in the mood for some extremely specific internet drama, look no further than Chris Pratt and Katherine Schwarzenegger demolishing a historic Brentwood home.

Chris Pratt and Katherine Schwarzenegger smiling as they stand outside in front of a door
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The home in question was designed by the famed architect Craig Ellwood and was locally known as the Zimmerman House, after its original owners. It was commissioned in 1949 and originally stood as a single-story, five-bedroom, 2,770-square-foot, midcentury-modern home worth $12.5 million.

Craig Ellwood stands with his arms crossed in front of an art piece

The Los Angeles Conservancy warned of the home's demolition in January 2023, writing on Instagram that the house "appears to be highly intact and a noteworthy example of Modernist design from this era." They continued, "The City’s SurveyLA program identified it as potentially historic, yet no protections are currently afforded." They further urged for "viable alternatives to demolition" and the house to be designated as a Historic-Cultural Monument.

Earlier this month, reports emerged that Chris and Katherine were behind the home's demolition last year. It's worth noting that the property is apparently across the street from Maria Shriver, Katherine's mother.

Chris Pratt and Katherine Schwarzenegger posing for a photo with Katherine's brother Patrick, and her mother Maria
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According to Architectural Digest, a 5,000-square-foot-per-floor "sprawling two-story home" will be in its place, with a three-car garage and pool house. It will be designed by architect Ken Ungar, known for his farmhouse style.

Chris Pratt in a tailored suit posing for the camera at a media event
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In response to the news, Craig's daughter Erin Ellwood told the Los Angeles Times, “I think it would have been really cool to keep it and do something...add to it in a really interesting, innovative way. But you know, maybe this just isn’t their style. I mean, it clearly isn’t if they’re building a farmhouse.”

Chris Pratt and Katherine Schwarzenegger on the red carpet
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One viral tweet on the platform formerly known as Twitter read, "This makes me so sad. Architecture is art. I guess if someone sells it to you, you can do whatever with it, but it’s historic and you’re rich. Maybe buy a different house?"

A closeup of Katherine Schwarzenegger smiling and holding a pen in her hand

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