Preserve Sierra Madre's Steering Committee held an emergency meeting this evening to discuss the outrage many people are feeling about what happened to the 1907 Craftsman home located at 126 E. Mira Monte and how the present Demolition Ordinance was glaringly inadequate to prevent its destruction by an owner uninterested in preserving Sierra Madre's architectural and historical heritage.
We are now urging our supporters to attend the Planning Commission meeting Thursday, Nov. 17th at 7:00 pm (link). This is a very important meeting where they will be discussing how to improve the current demolition ordinance so that what happened to the Henry A. Darling house is never allowed to happen again. We need you to be there to urge our Planning Commission to provide further protections for older homes as well as stiffen the penalties for those who disregard our rules.
If you can't attend this meeting, please take a few minutes to write a quick email to our Planning Commissioners c/o Leticia Cardoso at LCardoso@cityofsierramadre.com.
The Planning Commissioners need to know that we care about preservation and that we support their efforts to significantly tighten the Demolition Ordinance. If we don't do this, it is just a matter of time before older homes in Sierra Madre will be a thing of the past. Please don't let this happen.
Attend this important meeting or write an email! We need your help!
The pictures below don't do justice to the remarkable architectural details this house once had. If you Google the 126 E. Mira Monte address, you will see many more pictures.
In the meantime, we urge you to show your support for the cause of preservation in Sierra Madre before its too late as it now appears to be for what's left of the Henry A. Darling House. But we can save such homes in the future if we act now. Thank you in advance for anything that you can do to support our efforts.
Mod: Some bonus coverage. There is an informative website dedicated to legacy homes called Old House Dreams. They posted a feature in March of 2015 that goes into some detail about the Henry A. Darling home. The great pictures alone are worth the time you will spend there. There are also 22 informed comments from lovers of old homes (example below), and many are quite complimentary about Sierra Madre. None are apparently aware of what has since happened at 126 E Mira Monte Ave. You can link to this site by clicking here.