Wanted!! 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, approximately 70-80 of the Spanish roof tiles were destroyed. Because of their age, replacing them with like tiles may prove to be difficult. 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.
July 9, 2014 - Work began today on rebuilding the granite portion of the fountain. It is expected to take less than a week to restore the granite blocks to their original positions. After that MOHPG will assist in replacing the roof.
On Sunday, May 11, 2014, the Monrovia Historic Preservation Group hosted its 32nd annual home tour. Over 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. Over 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, click below:
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 (1917). 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.
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.
The two-story Craftsman was built in 1913 and has recently undergone extensive restoration. The front porch had been enclosed, and opening it up improved the curbside appeal of the structure.
To recap: The carriage barn originally located behind the 1889 Queen Anne Victorian at 131 E. Greystone Avenue was dismantled in April, 2013. The cost of dismantling the barn removing it to its new location was borne by the 29 donors who contributed to the project. The cost of the reconstruction will be assumed by the family on whose property the barn will be re-erected. Work on this effort is being overseen by MOHPG member Jimi Hendrix.