Taylor Swift is renovating to preserve a slice of Hollywood history
It's been just a year since pop superstar Taylor Swift paid US$25 million (NZ$35m) to purchase legendary Hollywood producer Samuel Goldwyn's former estate in Beverly Hills.
And now, she is restoring the property – not to add her own bling, but to take it back to the way it was in the 1930s.
The star wants to preserve a slice of history, and has won the hearts of the local authorities.
Mansion Global says the Beverly Hills Cultural Heritage Commission's five members this week voted 'enthusiastically' in favour of Swift's request to turn her new digs into a local landmark to preserve its connection to Goldwyn. The Beverly Hills City Council will vote to finalise the historic designation at an upcoming meeting.
Noah Furie, vice chair of the commission, said this week, "This is one of the great estates in this city, and it's very important to the history of the city. And I'm thrilled that whoever the owner is, they've found it important to keep this house and spend the money to restore it because it's no small thing to do."
Architects are believed to be painstakingly redesigning the oversized windows of the main house, replicating wooden fencing from nearly a century ago and even reconstructing columns at the pool cabana.
Before Swift bought the property, it had been owned for more than 80 years by the Goldwyn family. The two-storey, 1021 square-metre house was originally designed for Goldwyn and his wife Frances by architect Douglas Honnold.
Goldwyn was the co-founder of Goldwyn Pictures, which later became Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, or MGM. His most-acclaimed movies include 1946 drama The Best Years of Our Lives, Dead End starring Humphrey Bogart, the musical Guys and Dolls and Porgy And Bess.