The original mission of the Monrovia Historic Preservation Group was to preserve and protect our vintage homes. That has remained our primary focus. One has only to look back in Monrovia’s history to realize how much of its architectural heritage has been lost over the years to “modernization” and “redevelopment.” To fully appreciate why we must continue to safeguard our vintage homes, we must first look back and see what we have lost. Only then can we appreciate why the challenge we face to prevent future losses of these vintage structures is so daunting.
This is only a sampling of the architectural losses the city has suffered over the years. As preservationists, much of the responsibility of protecting and preserving our city’s rich architectural heritage and providing the leadership for this endeavor rests squarely on our shoulders.
Change can be good if it improves the city and the quality of life for its residents, but change that destroys the character of our neighborhoods in the long run can irreparably deplete the community’s vintage housing inventory and destroy its sense of unity.
A special thanks to MOHPG members Steve Baker and Pam Barkas whose research provided the factual background on the history of these structures.