At the July 23, 2014 meeting of the Historic Preservation Commission, two vintage homes were approved to become historic landmarks nos. 131 and 132.
The home located at 624 E. Foothill Blvd is a 1917 Craftsman Bungalow with Colonial Revival influences. The single-story home was built by the Tifal Brothers, well-known and respected builders in Monrovia in the early 20th century. This home also has a Batchelder fireplace. | VIEW BATCHELDER SLIDESHOW
One of Monrovia's oldest homes, this Queen Anne Victorian which also has Colonial Revival influences, was built in 1887 and originally owned by a bookkeeper to William N. Monroe, founder of Monrovia. Originally, the home was located just yards away at the corner of Magnolia and Hillcrest, and was moved to its present location sometime between 1904 and 1908.
Final approval for landmark status of these two homes is needed by the City Council, and that should occur within a month or so.
As preparation is underway to begin restoring the library park fountain, a fixture at the corner of Lime and Myrtle Avenues since 1907, one significant hurdle must be overcome. When the fountain was almost completely knocked apart by an errant automobile in August, 2013, approximately 70-80 of the Spanish roof tiles were destroyed. Because of their age, replacing them with like tiles may prove to be difficult (approximate size: 13" x 9"). If you know of a source where the City of Monrovia might obtain replacements, please use the Contact Us feature of this website. See the pictures below for a detailed view of the tiles needed.
Reconstruction of the fountain officially commenced on Wednesday, July 9, 2014. The contract for restoration of the granite portion of the fountain was awarded to Bruce Goss of Sierra Madre, an acknowledged expert in working with vintage materials. MOHPG volunteers will assist is replacing the roof of the fountain.
Within the past year, the project of restoring one of Monrovia's first fire engines has begun in earnest. Jump started by an anonymous donation of $100,000, the restoration of Monrovia's 1917 Seagrave Fire Engine is moving forward, with the hope that the fire engine can be completely restored by the year of its centennial 2017. To meet that goal, however, approximately another $50,000 will be needed to complete the restoration.
If you would like to contribute to the effort to "Save the Grave", send a check payable to Save the Grave to:
Save the Grave
P.O. Box 2021
Monrovia, CA 91017
You will receive a receipt by mail acknowledging your donation which may be tax deductible; consult your tax advisor.
To view a detailed history of the Seagrave fire engine, written by MOHPG member Robb Stewart, click here.
On Sunday, May 11, 2014, the Monrovia Historic Preservation Group hosted its 32nd annual home tour. More than 500 paid visitors and over 220 volunteers spent the day viewing the five homes, the Aztec Hotel, and the Monrovia Historical Museum. The weather cooperated (unlike last year when temps topped 100 degrees) with a warm but not uncomfortable day, and the delight of the attendees was readily apparent as docents provided details of the houses' histories and occupants. More than 20 vintage automobiles could be seen driving around town, and a dozen vendors set up at one location gave visitors a chance to do a little shopping on Mother's Day.
The buildings on the 2014 home tour have long and varied histories. City historian Steve Baker has done extensive research on each one, so much so that there wasn't room in this year's tour brochure for all the information. If you would like to see Steve's entire text on each structure, select the house history you wish to view:
224 S. Heliotrope Ave
231 N. Primrose Ave
304 N. Canyon Blvd
311 W. Foothill Blvd
501 E. Colorado Blvd
701 E. Foothill Blvd
At the April 23, 2014, meeting of the Historic Preservation Commission, the Commissioners voted to designate the property at 227 N. Ivy Avenue as a city historic landmark. Two weeks later, on May 6, the City Council concurred and gave final approval for the property (which will also have a Mills Act contract) to become Historic Landmark #130.
Follow the progress as Monrovia's oldest carriage barn is reassembled at its new location.
To recap: The carriage barn originally located behind the 1889 Queen Anne Victorian on Greystone Avenue was dismantled in April, 2013. The cost of the dismantling and removal to its new location was born by the 29 donors who contributed to the project. The cost of the reconstruction will be born by the family on whose property the barn will be re-erected. Work on this effort is being overseen by MOHPG member Jimi Hendrix.