Preserve Immigrant House By Moving To New Location
  • Petitioned Mayor and Mountain View City Council

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Mayor and Mountain View City Council
Mary Kay "Marina"Marinovich

Preserve Immigrant House By Moving To New Location

    1. Mary Kay  Marinovich
    2. Petition by

      Mary Kay Marinovich

      Los Altos, CA

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October 2012

Victory

From Petition Creator Mary Kay Marinovich: The historic Immigrant House in Mountain View was saved from demolition by a unanimous vote from the Mayor and city council members. Thank you change.org for getting the message to the mayor and city council members directly. We all really appreciate that they are responsive to the community.

Please preserve Mountain View's last “Immigrant House" located at 166 Bryant Street and to re-locate it somewhere in Mt. View such as near the Rengstorff House in Shoreline Park.

Built in before 1888, this building holds significance in that it represents the history of the immigration experience here in Mountain View and the laborers whose hard work “built this city”. This house would serve as a contrast to the houses of the wealthy (such as Rengstorff House) and show future generations how the working class lived. It represents the humble beginning of the American dream for past generations.

That this structure has survived until now is nothing short of a miracle! It may be the oldest home still standing in downtown Mountain View.

At one point there were over 400 such houses in the Santa Clara valley – San Jose saved their last four – please save Mountain View’s last one!

Preserving this little house will afford the opportunity for students and other interested parties to experience firsthand the culture and lifestyle of immigrant groups and its laborers who helped to settle and cultivate the Santa Clara Valley. We save the homes of the wealthy - lets save the home if the people who created them.

The homes dimensions are about 14 feet by 20 feet. In today’s world of excess people are amazed to realize that an entire family could live in such a small and simple dwelling!

So we are asking the council to save 166 Bryant Street as an homage to the laborers of Mt. View who lived 100 years ago and to re-locate it somewhere in Mt. View.

Recent signatures

    News

    1. Immigrant House Art Display and Exhibit at Mountain View City Hall

      Mary Kay  Marinovich
      Petition Organizer

      The Immigrant House display is inside Mountain View City Hall’s rotunda with all of the children’s collected artwork from Plaza Palooza and A La Carte and Art Festival.
      The Immigrant House replica stands proudly, flags flying up to the second floor, to raise awareness of the soon to be newest Mountain View City Park and permanent setting for Immigrant House at 771 North Rengstorff. It will be on display from June 4th to June 20th.

      Bring your kids to see the artwork and charming replica on display in Mountain View City Hall. http://tinyurl.com/lxausbe

      What is Immigrant House?
      Historic Immigrant House, built before 1888, represents the courage and contributions of those who built Mountain View and who continue to enrich our community and economy. It is the sole remainder of the hundreds of tiny homes, which once dotted the fruit orchards filling this valley.

      Immigrant House Art Display & Exhibit at Mountain View City Hall | Facebook

      Immigrant House Art Display & Exhibit at Mountain View City Hall | Facebook

    2. Immigrant House Art Display & Exhibit at Mountain View City Hall June 4-20

      Mary Kay  Marinovich
      Petition Organizer

      The Immigrant House display is inside Mountain View City Hall’s rotunda with all of the children’s collected artwork from Plaza Palooza and A La Carte and Art Festival.
      The Immigrant House replica stands proudly, flags flying up to the second floor, to raise awareness of the soon to be newest Mountain View City Park and permanent setting for Immigrant House at 771 North Rengstorff. It will be on display from June 4th to June 20th.

      Bring your kids to see the artwork and charming replica on display in Mountain View City Hall.

      What is Immigrant House?
      Historic Immigrant House, built before 1888, represents the courage and contributions of those who built Mountain View and who continue to enrich our community and economy. It is the sole remainder of the hundreds of tiny homes, which once dotted the fruit orchards filling this valley. First saved from demolition in 2012 and then moved to a temporary location at Moun

    3. Reached 200 signatures
    4. IMPORTANT CITY COUNCIL MEETING THIS TUESDAY NIGHT!

      Mary Kay  Marinovich
      Petition Organizer

      Immigrant House is on the city council agenda October 23rd this Tuesday night! They are deciding whether to save it or demolish it.

      The city council meeting starts at 6:30p.m. in the Council Chambers at City Hall, 500 Castro Street, Second Floor. I will be only be allowed three or ten minutes to comment and they will ask for public opinion which will give us more time to make our case. Please join forces your voice with mine to save this house.

    5. BIG CITY COUNCIL MEETING on Tuesday October 23rd

      Mary Kay  Marinovich
      Petition Organizer

      BIG CITY COUNCIL MEETING on Tuesday October 23rd to determine what their next step will be. They will be presented by staff with the cost estimates of moving the house. Today I am getting bids from other movers and contractors because if staff blows us out of the water with outrageous estimates we need to present alternatives.

      Barbara Kinchen, the 90 year old official Historian of Mt. View is very excited about the rally song. She gave me an assignment (once a school teacher - always a teacher!) to see who sold the property to Mathurin Le Deit who then sold it to the Pearsons in 1892. From Le Deit’s descendants we know that he arrived here in 1857. So I went today to the Santa Clara Assessor’s office and they called in their go expert for finding records dating from the 1850 – 1900, Pauline Coleman – let’s wish her luck!!! I hope to have the information for the City Council meeting next Tuesday.

    6. New Save Immigrant House Campaign song launched!

      Mary Kay  Marinovich
      Petition Organizer

      This past week we recorded a song for the campaign. It is up on YouTube please share, sing along and enjoy.

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AySFowHKnxA&feature=youtube_gdata

    7. Update - Ice Cream Social - OMVNA meetings - video for Mt. View Cable TV

      Mary Kay  Marinovich
      Petition Organizer

      Sunday afternoon August 19th, I attended the Ice Cream Social in old Mountain View and set up a table to raise awareness for Immigrant House and brought a petition and compiled more signatures .

      This past Sunday I was asked to tape an interview in front of Immigrant House with Robert Cox Vice Chair of the OMVNA for Mountain View Cable television. Carter and Deb Coleman, Community Liaisons generously produced the segment.

      Monday I attended the OMVNA (Old Mountain View Neighborhood Association) quarterly meeting. I proposed to the steering committee saving the Immigrant house somewhere in old Mountain View as a community outreach building .

      The result is that chair David Lewis and Joni Ratts, officer at large would like to meet with Scott Plambaeck from the City of Mountain View Senior Planner Community Development Department and myself to look into locations for preserving the structure in old Mountain View.

    8. Reached 100 signatures
    9. Networking at the Historical Society Barbeque

      Mary Kay  Marinovich
      Petition Organizer

      On Sunday I attended the Historical Society of Mt. View's annual barbeque at the Old Adobe. Seems I rallied some support for Immigrant House, but a few of the members are still getting over what happened with the Pearson house/Questa Park project.

      We need to build morale back and move forward! I heard some good news from Daniel DeBolt, reporter on the MV paper. Someone has stepped forward in Mt. View and may take the Pearson house on to a privately owned vacant lot to save it. That would be so excellent for everyone concerned about the Pearson house.

      Now let's concentrate on Immigrant House. It is an older building and is 1/8 of the size of the Pearson House and could be utilized for so many different community outreach purposes.

      Diane Solomon of KKUP radio suggested I start a "friends of immigrant house" page on face book. Anyone with experience please contact me ASAP.

    10. Developer Estimates Date for Demolition - January 2013

      Mary Kay  Marinovich
      Petition Organizer

      We have until January 2013 to find a place for the house. Just a few months to move it or demolition!
      I will be attending Green Drinks Silicon Valley tonight to see if I can rally support from the group. I have made hand out cards and a physical petition suggested by Robert Cox. (thanks Robert!) I hope to get the support of the members of the Historical Society of Mt. View on Sunday at their annual Barbeque.

    11. Checking in with the movers and shakers

      Mary Kay  Marinovich
      Petition Organizer

      Yesterday I had phone meetings with Bruce Karney, former OMVNA leader and respected ad experienced activist in Mt. View. Pat Figueroa, former mayor and president of the Mountain View Historical Association and Nick Perry of the Mountain View Historical Association. Tonight I am meeting Robert Cox, Old Mountain View Neighborhood Association.

      Please forward the petition to your friends, family and teachers you may know - we need to rally the community to make this happen.

    12. Reached 50 signatures
    13. 3PM Meeting at the City Hall

      Mary Kay  Marinovich
      Petition Organizer

      I had a meeting with Scott Plambaeck from the City of Mountain View Senior Planner Community Development Department and Sean R. Rose, P.E. Senior Civil Engineer of the Public Works Department.

      Basically they are just getting started and were open to ideas. I shared some of the ones the Mayor brainstormed with me at the meeting on Sunday and now they will meet with Parks and Recreation and then get back with us.

      I told them I was available to do a community outreach once they have some specific locations.

      I am also going tonight to ask a friend to create a architectural rendering (another idea of the mayor’s) of “immigrant house” with some landscaping so it would be easier for people to visualize it restored and in a new location.

    14. Reached 25 signatures
    15. I am calling today set up a meeting with city planner

      Mary Kay  Marinovich
      Petition Organizer

      I am reaching out to Scott Plambaeck the city planner of Mr. View to check to see what possibilities we have of moving immigrant house to a city park anywhere in Mt. View. Here is link to some pictures (some of you may have already seen them) that show how History San Jose preserved the last four houses in San Jose.

    16. Latest news story just released in the Mt. View Voice

      Mary Kay  Marinovich
      Petition Organizer

      Please share the article and spread the word about the latest update. Any help, knowledge and people you may know that support and have worked on or supported causes like this would be most appreciated.
      LET THEM HEAR YOU!!! Post messages in the voices comment box after the article, let them know how you feel.

    17. Reached 10 signatures

    Supporters

    Reasons for signing

    • Jelka Vranicic LOS ALTOS, CA
      • almost 2 years ago

      The house represents part of our past heritage.

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    • Stacey Chaney LOS ALTOS, CA
      • almost 2 years ago

      Long time resident who has seen too many historic sites disappear.

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    • Nancy SantoPietro BROOKLYN, NY
      • almost 2 years ago

      because history in the form of architecture and design should be preserved as part of our culture.

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    • Caleb Morelli HOPLAND, CA
      • almost 2 years ago

      Its important to preserve history like this, it would be a real shame if this couldn't be helped.

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    • Jacob Hagins UKIAH, CA
      • almost 2 years ago

      Traditional and historic houses are an important aspect of a community and conserving them is an important cultural aspect.

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