German-born Thomas Mann came to the U.S. in the 1940s to flee Adolf Hitler and the rise of the Nazis. Upon his arrival, Los Angeles–based architect J.R. Davidson designed and built Mann's Pacific Palisades home in 1941. Now seven decades later, the Germans have decided to buy the house of the Nobel Prize–winning novelist for $13.25 million, according to the LA Times. The German foreign minister is quoted in the article saying the structure symbolized “a home for many Germans who worked toward a better future for their country.”
Initially the New Yorker reported that the house would be demolished, but the article now states that Germany intends to renovate the residence instead. Villa Aurora, a government-funded cultural program in Los Angeles and Berlin, was chosen to handle the remodeling.
Read the full article at the LA Times.