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    Posted February 11, 2014 by
    Beverly Hills, California
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    Michael Libow Witch's House Landmark Status in Beverly Hills

    Michael  Libow, owner of the Witch's House in Beverly HIlls, CA (90210) has  received "Landmark Status" upon his house due to it being of significant  historical and architectural significance in relevance to the City of  Beverly Hills. The home is known as "Landmark #8" in the city.


    Built as a movie set and  studio office in 1920 by the famed Harry Oliver of Willat Studios, the  home was purchased and moved to Beverly Hills in the late 1920's by Mr.  Ward Lascelle who had produced films with the Willats. He and his wife,  Lillian, made it their home. Lillian later remarried to a Mr. Spadina  providing the name often associated with the home.


    After his purchase of it  in 1998, Mr. Libow undertook the gargantuan project of renovating the  house while keeping its style true to the original designer's  intentions. The extensive remodeling took many years to complete as  Libow would settle for nothing less than his desired 'imperfect  perfection'.


    Prior  to the house getting "Landmark Status" designated to it by the Beverly  Hills City Council, a consulting firm was hired to dig deep into the  house's past and provide a comprehensive report on the pedigree and  provenance of the Witch's House. The report included every single  detail, including the original deed to the house. Once it was presented  to the Council members, the house was immediately approved and given  Landmark Status.


    Michael  Libow graciously shares his house with the entire Los Angeles community  each Halloween by hosting a "Green Halloween" event in the front of the  property which attracts as many as 4,000 trick-or-treaters in just a  few hours. Streets are barricaded by the city of Beverly Hills that  night for the express purpose of providing a safe haven for the  children. Green Halloween is a national organization promoting the use of non-toxic clothing and distribution of healthy  treats to children. . in lieu of the cavity-causing sugary snacks.

    Michael Libow
    is the official "Caretaker of The Witch" and intends to  continually upgrade and maintain this now local historic landmark in his  beloved city of Beverly Hills.
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