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City of Monrovia Receives Award for Santa Fe Depot Restoration

The Santa Fe Depot before the restoration. – Photos by Terry Miller / Beacon Media News

By Staff

The City of Monrovia, in partnership with Daylight Limited LLC, received a prestigious California Preservation Foundation (Foundation) Award for the rehabilitation of the Historic Santa Fe Depot (Depot). The Foundation honors the dedication of those who protect, preserve and restore historic places in California including government agencies, non-profit organizations and developers.

“The Historic Santa Fe Depot is a community treasure whose history is completely intertwined with the development of the city,” said Councilmember Gloria Crudgington.

Despite numerous hurdles, the city recognized the Depot as one of Monrovia’s most historically significant buildings. Until recent years, the Depot sat dormant and as a result had fallen into disrepair. The project included the repair, restoration and rehabilitation of the Depot, allowing it to be repurposed as a restaurant.

Inside, the project included the repair, restoration and rehabilitation of the Depot, with the city hoping it will be re-purposed as a restaurant. – Photo by Terry Miller / Beacon Media News

“There were so many people and groups that played a part in bringing this building back to life” said Craig Jimenez, director of community development. “The City Council provided the vision and funding. The Historic Preservation Commission gave tremendous support to ensure the rehabilitation maintained the architectural integrity. City staff, from all departments, were [sic] instrumental in the day-to-day oversight and implementation of the plans. Most [sic] importantly, the community for being vocal supporters of the project!”

Although the Depot was originally built in 1926, the area that makes up Station Square has been Monrovia’s transportation hub since 1887.  The rehabilitation of the Depot connects the past with the future of transportation in the community.

Monrovia’s most iconic historic landmark is now ready for a unique operator to bring a special dining experience. For more information on the Depot or to inquire about restaurant opportunities, visit the City of Monrovia online.

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