The J T Milligan grocery store was located on Myrtle Avenue in 1897 but it had been moved from a previous location. Where? Find out the answer and much, much more this Saturday, October 6, by taking a walking tour of downtown Monrovia. Cost is only $5 per person and is sponsored by the Monrovia Historic Preservation Group. Walk from Palm Avenue to Olive Avenue and back. The tour takes about 2 hours. Meet at the SE corner of Palm and Myrtle Avenues at 10 am.
NOTE: We regret that the earthquake workshop enrollment is now full. Although you can no longer RSVP, we suggest you show up on the 22nd to see if there is any space available. Space limitations preclude admitting more than 60 people. We are planning on holding a third workshop in September 2019.
MOHPG is once again partnering with the Monrovia Fire Department to host its 2nd annual earthquake workshop. It will be held on Saturday, September 22, 2018, from 11 am to 2 pm in the Community Room of the Monrovia Public Library. There is no cost to attend, but you must RSVP!
The guest speaker will once again be Margaret Vinci from Cal Tech. In addition representatives from the Gas Company, Southern California Edison, the American Red Cross, and the local CERT group will be in attendance to share their expertise.
Another opportunity to learn about Monrovia's history will come this Saturday, August 4. The walking tour begins at 10 am and lasts about two hours. Cost is $5 per person. Learn about early Monrovia and the buildings that populated Myrtle Avenue when the town became incorporated in 1887.
Meet at the SE corner of Myrtle and Palm Avenues.
MOHPG hosted a historic homes tour for the 36th year in a row on May 6, and enthusiastic visitors got a taste of some of Monrovia's architectural gems. A Queen Anne Victorian, a Tudor Revival, and Spanish Colonial Revival and three Craftsman homes gave tour goers an intimate look at the variety of housing styles to be found within the city.
Look below for tour days photos captured by our photographer Larry Marotta.
PLEASE NOTE: A broken water pipe indoors of the Minimal Traditional home set to be on tour has necessitated its removal from the lineup of tour homes. In its place will be a 1908 Craftsman that was recently restored (see photos below). We apologize for this unforeseen event.
Preparations are underway as the Monrovia Historic Preservation Group prepares to host its 36th annual tour of local homes. The tour will be held on Sunday, May 6, 2018, from 10 am to 4 pm. This year's offerings include six homes and the two local museums. The homes represent a variety of the vintage character homes that lace the neighborhoods in Monrovia, including Queen Anne Victorian, Spanish Colonial Revival, Craftsman, Tudor, and Minimal Traditional.
Advance tickets can be purchased until midday Saturday only at:
Dollmakers' Kattywompus, 412 S. Myrtle Ave., Monrovia
Advance Ticket Prices
Seniors (65+) $15
12 and under are free
(Please note: Online ticket sales ended at 10 pm on Friday, May 4. On the day of the tour, tickets will only be sold at the Monrovia Historical Museum, 742 E. Lemon Ave, starting at 9:30 am)
Below are pictures of the homes and museums that will be open for viewing on the tour.
Photography by Larry Marotta
MOHPG is proud to present the 36th edition of the Historic Homes Tour on Sunday, May 6, 2018, from 10 am to 4 pm. Complete information including pictures of the homes and ticket information will be available on this website in early March.
On Friday, January 19, 2018, the Anderson House Museum will be open to the public from 10 am - 11:30 am for a special tour of the inside of this 1886 Queen Anne Victorian. The tour will be led by City Historian Steve Baker and is free of charge. If you plan on attending, be sure to arrive on time so as not to miss any of the history of this home.
The MOHPG Board of Directors decided on November 5 that it would make the organization's newsletter a public document. Beginning with the January issue, you will be able to follow items of Monrovia interest in the field of preservation.
Also, beginning with the January newsletter we will be accepting business card sized ads for the newsletter (no more than 8) at a cost of $100 for 11 issues (no newsletter in August). If you are interested, use the Contact Us feature at the left, and we will provide the full details.
Do you know why Monrovia was the 4th city to become incorporated in LA County? Only one public vote in Monrovia's history was unanimous - what was it over?
Learn the answers to these questions and lots more during a two hour walk through downtown Monrovia with MOHPG. The cost is only $5 per person. Meet at the southeast corner of Palm and Myrtle Avenues on Saturday, November 4, at 10 am.
The City of Monrovia invites you to an informational meeting to view the initial report of a historical context statement for Monrovia. What is a context statement?
"A robust historic context is the foundation for identifying, evaluating, and handling historic properties and will help us make land use decisions."
Day and Date: Thursday, August 24, 2017
Time: 5:30 - 7:30 pm
Place: Community Room, Monrovia Public Library
This statement is the next logical step in our decades long effort to protect and preserve our architectural heritage.
To see the full text of the city's invitation, view the document below.
Current MOHPG Newsletter
To view the November 2018 newsletter, click here.
The next walking tour of downtown Monrovia will be held on Saturday, Dec. 1, at 10 am. Meet at the SE corner of Palm and Myrtle Avenues. Cost $5/person.
The following individuals or businesses have taken a one-year membership at an increased level of support:
Join us on Facebook to see what issues people are talking about. Be part of the conversation!
During this period of extended drought conditions, we sometimes fail to recognize the importance of insuring that our trees survive.
Links you might find helpful and informative. Learn More
If you’re not yet a member, we hope that you will consider joining us on our mission. You can visit our Online Store to purchase a membership and become an active participant in helping us continue to preserve, restore and maintain the character of the wonderful city of Monrovia.
Take our Survey
We would like to hear from you! Please take a moment to take our survey so we can better understand and serve our visitors.