Monrovia Santa Fe Depot

After being vacant for a few decades, the historic Monrovia Santa Fe Depot has undergone a remarkable transformation. Once a dilapidated structure, the 1924 train depot has been restored using adaptive reuse plans put into action by its new owner. Designed by William H. Mohr and built by Sumner-Sollett Company, the depot represents an important part of Monrovia’s history. In recent years, the Spanish Colonial Revival style building was listed by the City of Monrovia as a Historic Landmark.

The building and surrounding train platform have been adaptively reused to become a space for a restaurant. Historic photographs and an old 1966 comedy film guided the restoration of missing elements. Spectra Company worked with contractor Jorgensen-Reeve to complete the exterior restoration.

Spectra’s work included architectural woodwork, plaster restoration and splitting cast concrete columns to insert structural reinforcement and using molds to restore them with the exact original shape and color. New ornamental metal features have been restored and installed at the exterior of the building. New doors and windows were also fabricated and installed to restore the original openings.

Scope of Work

Adaptive Reuse • Architectural Woodwork • Decorative Concrete • Decorative Metal • Facade Rehabilitation • Materials Restoration • Plaster • Self-Perform • Wood Doors • Wood Windows


California Preservation Foundation 2018

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