08/04/2011 06:16 pm ET Updated Oct 04, 2011

Richard Neutra's Kronish House Gets A Reprieve

Bowing to community pressure, the owners of Richard Neutra's Kronish House in Beverly Hills have agreed to postpone its demolition until at least Oct. 10 to give preservationists a chance to devise a plan to save the residence.

In a related and groundbreaking action, the Beverly Hills City Council early Wednesday asked the community's Planning Commission to devise a historic-preservation ordinance.

It would be the first such ordinance for a city that has seen many culturally or architecturally significant structures fall to the wrecking ball.

An attorney for Soda Partners, the limited partnership that in January bought the Modernist Kronish House out of foreclosure for $5.8 million, agreed to the postponement early Wednesday after a three-hour public discussion about historic preservation in general -- and the Kronish residence in particular -- at a sometimes testy council meeting.