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Monrovia residents have waited patiently for decades, but at long last the restoration of the Santa Fe Depot off South Myrtle Avenue is officially underway. The ground-breaking ceremony was held February 9, and work is expected to continue until August 2017 or so. It is hoped that a restaurant will occupy the building upon the completion of the restoration process.
Watch this website for regular updates.
The 35th annual MOHPG Historic Homes Tour is coming soon! And this edition of the tour promises to be extra special as it will feature several homes in the 100 and 200 blocks of North Encinitas Avenue, which is soon to become Monrovia's second historic district!
The tour will be held on Sunday, May 7, 2017, from 10 am to 4 pm. As more information becomes available, we will post it here. Set the date aside so you won't miss this exciting event.
Need an extra teaser? The Temple City High School barbershop quartet will be performing, a group you won't want to miss hearing perform!
See YOU in May!
(This following information was provided by the Pasadena Museum of History, and we are posting it here as it may be of interest to our readers.)
Caring for Batchelder: Methods & Materials for Cleaning & Repairing Decorative Tile
January 26 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
$15 - $20
Join conservator Amy Green, founding partner of Silverlake Conservation, as she offers tips and techniques for caring for your Batchelder tile. She will share stories and images of tiles she’s restored from a wide variety of public and private installations including the Batchelder fountain at the Pasadena Playhouse.
Ms. Green holds a certificate in historic preservation from the University of Southern California, a MA in tile conservation from Antioch University, and is a Professional Associate with the American Institute for Conservation of Historic & Artistic Works (AIC).
Advance reservations requested; click here to purchase tickets online.
Several weeks ago MOHPG was notified that it had been selected as the Grand Marshal for the 2016 Monrovia Holiday Parade on December 1. MOHPG's entry consisted of three vintage "horseless carriages", with members of the MOHPG Board of Directors riding in the vehicles.
Photography by Larry Marotta
The day after the parade, December 2, MOHPG was notified that it had been awarded the "Best Themed Entry" prize. Recognition of that honor occurred at the City Council meeting a few days later, on December 6. Congratulations to our drivers and all who participated!
The Monrovia Historical Preservation Group has just published its latest book, entitled Houses by Hand. It is a collection of 13 pen-and-ink drawings by artist Marjorie Brewer, who in the late 1950s began her artistic renderings of homes that she feared would be torn down (three later were). The soft cover, spiral bound book includes vintage photographs and house histories. It's the perfect gift for a Monrovia resident!
The books cost $10 each. To order a copy, go to the Online Store on this website.
Monrovia’s First Houses – Still Remaining
Monrovia Legacy Project, Nov. 2016
In 1886 – the year Monrovia was ‘born’ - fewer than ten buildings existed here. By the end of 1887, 220 buildings had been built! At least 66 of these homes and four commercial buildings remain. The Monrovia Legacy Project has prepared a list detailing these ‘first houses’ still in existence -- giving their address, original owner, cost or tax value, and landmark status -- to help in the preservation of Monrovia’s historic heritage. To view the document, click below.
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The Monrovia Historical Society will be celebrating its rebirth at a meeting on Sunday, November 6, 2016, starting at 3 p.m. in the Community Room of the Monrovia Library (321 S. Myrtle Ave). The public is invited to attend. At 4 p.m., there will be a tour of the Anderson House Museum, 215 E. Lime Ave.
On Tuesday evening, June 21, 2016, the Monrovia City Council approved three more structures to be added to the list of local landmarks.
Leading up to the home tour this year was the concern that the date change from Mother's Day to the Sunday before might have an adverse impact on attendance. Well, that concern can be laid to rest. Attendance for the 2016 tour was just over 450 people, not including the almost 200 volunteers helping to make the tour a success, which is almost the same as last year. And the weather cooperated, as light raindrops Saturday evening gave way to mid-70 degree temps and sunny skies on Sunday, making the day a perfect one for touring.
The pictures below give some idea of how the day went.
Photos by Larry Marotta
The Monrovia Historic Preservation Group will once again host its annual home tour, but this year it will occur on the FIRST Sunday in May.
WHAT: Docent-led tour of five homes and two museums
WHEN: Sunday, May 1, 2016
TIME: 10 a.m. until 4 p.m.
The selection of homes for 2016 includes Spanish Colonial Revival, Craftsman, and English Tudor Cottage. In other words something for everyone!
Pre Tour Day of Tour
Adult $20 Adult $25
Senior (65+) $15 Senior (65+) $20
Teen (13-19) $10 Teen (13-19) $15
12 and under are free
Advance tickets can be purchased in several ways:
1. As of 10 p.m., April 29, tickets can no longer be purchased on this website.
2. Purchase in person at one of these locations in Monrovia: Dollmakers (412 S. Myrtle Ave) or Monrovia Chamber of Commerce (620 S. Myrtle Ave); or at Curves (1159 E. Huntington Dr, in Duarte).
3. Purchase in person at the Friday Night Festival on Myrtle, April 8-29 (corner Myrtle and Colorado).
On the day of the tour tickets may only be purchased at only one location -
Monrovia Historical Museum, 742 E. Lemon Ave. This will also be the location for Will Call tickets.
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You can schedule a private walking tour of downtown Monrovia which includes the town's early history. Cost is $5 per person. Minimum of 4 people or $20. Meet at the SE corner of Palm and Myrtle Avenues. The tour lasts approximately two hours. Click here to submit a request.
During this period of extended drought conditions, we sometimes fail to recognize the importance of insuring that our trees survive.
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