Photography by Larry Marotta
The temperature neared 100 degrees on Mother's Day 2013 as almost 700 visitors (plus almost 200 volunteers who helped put the tour together) failed to be deterred in their goal of seeing all seven houses and the historical museum which were part of the tour. With a wide variety of housing styles to see, there seemed to be something for everyone. As antique automobiles cruised the streets of Monrovia, tour goers faced only short lines as they moved from house to house inside the three air-conditioned city trolleys which transported visitors to all of the eight sites.
The Monrovia Historic Preservation Group has sponsored a home tour for the past 31 years in a row. The community is justifiably proud of its architectural heritage, and each year MOHPG looks forward to the opportunity to share it with residents and visitors alike.
Fund-raising by MOHPG to pay for the move of the carriage barn has ended. A total of 28 donations were received from MOHPG members and others. Donors are listed below in the order their donations were received. They are to be applauded for their concern over this preservation issue as are all the others who expressed concern over the fate of the structure.
John & Linda Dollins
Doug & Karen Poindexter
Bill Wake & Lynn Pilchak
Robb & Nancy Stewart
Joe & Denise Lumarda
Jim Wigton & Pam Barkas
Jean R. Durbin
Cleve & Gloria Crudgington
Hal & Liz Leavens
Jim Hinkley & Michelle Saykally
Camille L. Woolsey
Dave & Donna Baker
Bruce & Kathy Carter
Frank & Tammy Guarino
Charles & Johanna Coleman
Dave & Margie Totten
Michael & Janene Khanchalian
Barry & Diane Carlile
Chris & Becky Shevlin
Bruce Marrs & Susan Motander
Including MOHPG's matching donation, a total of $ 26,328 was raised for the effort. Expenses are summarized below:
Labor (6 workers over 13 days) . . . . $ 12,697.50
Materials (including truck rental) . . . $ 3,150.04
Crane company . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $ 2,936.25
Total Expenses . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$ 18,783.79
These expense were incurred for the move only. The new owners of the structure have assumed the costs to reconstruct the building. Progress on that part of the operation will be followed here in the months to come.