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Writer Bukowski's home named historic L.A. landmark

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LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The rundown Los Angeles bungalow where poet and author Charles Bukowski wrote his first novel was named a historic landmark by city leaders on Tuesday, saving it from demolition by developers looking to put up condominiums.

The Los Angeles City Council approved the designation of the brown stucco home, where Bukowski lived from 1963 to 1972, without further debate or a roll call vote, acting on the recommendation of its cultural heritage commission.

The hard-drinking writer, best known for chronicling his own seedy life on the streets of Los Angeles, penned his first novel, “Post Office,” at the bungalow and city leaders say it was worth preserving despite its bedraggled condition.

“Hollywood is famous not because everybody has been a saint or a nun,” Los Angeles City Councilman Eric Garcetti told Reuters last week. “It’s always attracted complicated and important people and Charles Bukowski certainly fits that mold.”

In addition to Bukowski’s former home, the property includes several Spanish Colonial Revival style “ready to assemble” apartments and bungalows that the city says were built on the lot between 1922 and 1926.

With its status as a historic landmark, the property would remain under private ownership but could not be torn town or substantially altered and could eventually be included on a walking tour of Hollywood.

Bukowski died in 1994 at the age of 73.