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Most Monrovians are familiar with the sad state of the historic Monrovia Depot. Over the years, the City tried to come to the rescue of this important building. The problem was—well there were many problems, but the biggest hurdle was that the City did not own or have control of the property. Then there was the money issue…
Things are looking up for our beleaguered heroine of
history. The City recently entered into an agreement with the Gold Line
Construction Authority to swap the Depot property for property that will house
the parking structure for the new Gold Line station. Ownership issue solved.
City Staff recently applied for another grant for restoration funds, this time from Metro under their Call for Projects program. We’re waiting patiently and hope to find out this summer if the City will get the requested funds. Show us the money and we’re ready to move full steam ahead. If all goes as planned, this will all coincide with the opening of the Monrovia Station of the Gold Line in early 2015. Money—check (fingers crossed).
At this point, you’re probably asking yourself, where is this story going? Did they loose their train of thought?
So, let’s get this back on track.
We’re taking this as a sign of good things to come; this week, we saw the light. Seriously. Not only did we see it, we have it—an original light fixture that was…umm…rescued from a likely tragic ending when it was removed 40 years ago.
A couple of days ago, Don from
Oregon paid City Hall a visit bearing a
gift. After hearing that the City was working to restore the building, he
made a trip back to his hometown to transfer stewardship of the fixture to the
City. The light, which is in beautiful condition, provides an important
piece of the restoration puzzle since the original architectural plans do not
provide all of the details.
…and now you know…the rest of the story.
PS Although she’s not quite ready for her close-up, the best pictures around are featured on one of our favorite blogs: Gem CityImages.
PPS Also, there’s a great photostream of her as seen in better days on Flickr put together by our friends at the Monrovia Public Library.