Monrovia (Santa Fe) Depot Re-Dedication And Bob Bartlett Memorial Art Installation - 02/25/2018

A combination event at Monrovia's Station Square yesterday (02/25/2018) with the re-dedication of the restored Monrovia (Santa Fe) Depot and the unveiling of the memorial art installation honoring former mayor Bob Bartlett.

A big event means a lot of photos for those that weren't able to attend

As always, click on the photos for larger versions.

Let's start with an overview of the event.  The walkway is open, people are still arriving while a light lunch is available on the patio.

The patio is packed with guests getting a bite to eat before the ceremonies start.
I hope that's a vision into the future for a restaurant there.

One of the LimeBike's that the city is looking into as part of the GoMonrovia mobility program.  This bike was ridden to the event by City Manager Oliver Chi.

More info: LimeBike website:

The Delgado Brothers providing some music before and after the ceremonies.
Seriously, what other city has an award winning, world class band play at their events?

The VIP's on hand for the event with a few words from members of the City Council.

Moving over now to the west end for the Bob Bartlett Memorial unveiling, first up are a few comments from Congresswoman Judy Chu.

Following Congresswoman Chu, members of Bob Bartlett's family were on hand for the unveiling.

Bob Bartlett Memorial.

Moving again, to the depot on the east end.  A good-sized crowd on hand on a beautiful day.

Los Angeles County Supervisor Kathryn Barger.

Blaine Fetter of Samuelson and Fetter, the developer in charge of the project.

The ribbon cutting makes it official.

After the ribbon cutting, they opened the doors so everyone could see the interior.

The great room with the original flooring and detailing around the window above the door.
The flooring in the bathrooms (to the right out of the photo) are not original but were created to match the flooring in this room.

The Dining Room.
As you can see, the restoration is complete to the point a restaurant can now come in and complete with their needs and specifications.

Dining room looking out the south facing windows.

Kitchen area ready to be built out.

The door facing east toward Myrtle Avenue.  Through this archway are 2 bathrooms on either side.
A photo on the stand shows the condition prior to the restoration.

A closeup detail from the photo above.

Looking through one of the dining room windows you can see the Station Square bandstand.

Moving outside, the depot next to the tracks.
The roof is a mix of original tiles that had been safely kept in storage and new tiles.

The ironwork, kept in storage all these years, was restored and placed back where it belongs.

The Santa Fe sign and shadow on the south wall.

The south side of the building with a large window and the covered patio area to the west.

The depot, the patio, and the walkway.
Looks beautiful!

A little additional info:

-Architectural firm: Undisclosable
-Article by Steve Scauzillo in the San Gabriel Valley Tribune.

Throughout March and April 2018, a photographic exhibit of historic photos from the Monrovia Historical Society will be held inside the restored depot.
The exhibit will be available every Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday from 1-4pm.
Admission is FREE!


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