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Historic Santa Fe Depot Photo Exhibition and the New Mayor Bob Bartlett Memorial
On February 25, 2018, the City of Monrovia held a joint dedication event to celebrate the restoration of the Historic Santa Fe Depot and the christening of the Mayor Bob Bartlett Memorial.
During the past year, the City has, in partnership with the development team at Daylight Limited, LLC, been working to carefully rehabilitate the Historic Santa Fe Depot, which is one of the most historically significant structures in Monrovia. The building, which was originally built in 1926, has been formally identified as the City’s 137th landmarked building. “It is a community treasure whose history is completely intertwined with the development of the City of Monrovia,” said Mayor Pro Tem Gloria Crudgington. Staying true to its original Spanish Colonial Revival Style, the efforts to restore the facility is now complete, and efforts are underway to find a restaurant operator for the rehabilitated space.
Additionally, Station Square will also house the new Mayor Bob Bartlett Memorial. Led by Mayor Tom Adams and City Council Member Larry Spicer, the Bob Bartlett Memorial Committee was established in October 2015, and for the past two years, the committee has worked to determine how best to commemorate and honor former Monrovia Mayor Bob Bartlett. Mayor Bartlett was elected as the first African American to serve on the Monrovia City Council in 1974. Later, in 1988, he was elected Mayor and served in that position through 2001. During his tenure, Mayor Bartlett presided over a number of community enhancements, including the revitalization of Old Town, the development of the Huntington Oaks Shopping Center, establishment of the Community Center, and developing the High Tech Corridor on East Huntington Drive. Given his service to Monrovia, the City Council commissioned the establishment of a mosaic art piece that would honor Mayor Bartlett’s legacy.
We encourage the whole community to visit Station Square to see the beautifully restored Santa Fe Depot! Over the next few months, the Depot will be showcasing a photographic exhibition for everyone to enjoy. In partnership with the Monrovia Historical Society, 100 photographs of historic images of Monrovia are on display at the Depot during the months of March-April 2018. During this time, the Depot will be open to the public every Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday, 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m., and admission to the exhibit is free!
Additional program details are highlighted in the flyer below. If you have any questions, please contact the Monrovia Historical Society at (626) 256-3423.