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Monrovia’s First Historic District Dedicated

March 23rd, 2009 by Temple City Tribune

On St. Patrick’s Day, the city of Monrovia unveiled the signs designating its first Historic District on 300 block of Wildrose Avenue between Canyon and California. Appropriately as the new district was being celebrated, the chimes at St. Luke’s church began to play — what else — “My Wild Irish Rose.”HPIM0377

There are 18 dwellings in the district which includes three on Canyon and one on California. The vast majority of the homes are in the Craftsman Bungalow style. Most of them were designed by the Tifal brothers, Gustav, Charles and William, and were built in the early part of the 20th century.

The City Council designated the street as an Historic District in February of 2008, but the signs were not completed until recently. Six of the homes in the new district will be open to the public for tours on Mother’s Day during the Monrovia Historical Preservation Group’s annual tour along with the Historical Museum.

Nine of the homes on Wildrose have received individual Historic Designation status which qualified the street for the Historic District designation. This gives the homes special protections, and puts them under the supervision of the city’s Historic Preservation Commission. In return the properties receive certain tax savings according to the staff report prepared by Craig Jimenez of the city’s planning division.

According to that report “If a district is established, all properties located within the boundaries of the district, whether they are considered historic or not, are under the purview of the Historic Preservation Commission when exterior changes are proposed.”

Unfortunately homes that are not eligible for individual Historic Designation are treated as are those which do qualify, but do not yet receive special consideration. Exterior changes to non-contributors are also under the Commission’s purview; however do not currently receive tax benefits under the Code. They do receive a reduction in the cost of planning permits.

By Susan Motander

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