Join us for the Immigrant House party night

immigranthousemoveI wanted to invite you to a Immigrant House Party Night at Morocco’s, 873 Castro Street, Tuesday, June 3rd, 6pm to 10pm in downtown Mountain View.

Morocco’s will donate 10% of all proceeds to the Los Altos Community Foundation Immigrant House Fund for restoring the Immigrant House.

Free entertainment with music by Guided Tour.

Hors d’oeuvres will be provided and a dinner menu will be available. (Dress casually.)

I hope you all can join us!

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 Mountain View’s Municipal Operations Center, its future home has been designated. It will sit on the beautiful, rustic property slated to become Mountain View’s newest park (771 N. Rengstorff Ave.)

Many thanks…
Mary Kay “Marina” Marinovich
OMVNA Historical Preservation Chair

Immigrant House on the move

Immigrant House Photo
Immigrant House Crossing Train tracks on Castro St.  Jan. 22nd, 2013 Photo by Michelle Le

Immigrant House was moved from its original location on Bryant Street to a temporary city-owned site before it moves eventually to Mountain View’s newest park at 771 North Rengstorff Avenue.  Immigrant House has lots of events coming up!  More friends and funds are needed to restore the historic house.

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Immigrant House Events in Downtown Mountain View

• Plaza Palooza – Friday, May 2nd6:00-7:30 pm.  Free entertainment!  The Friends of the Immigrant House will be on the plaza.  Come say “Hi” and show your support.

• ‘A La Carte and Art’, May 3rd & 4th. Come see the Friends of the Immigrant House on the Plaza, 500 Castro Street.  We’ll be showing youth art projects featuring Immigrant House themes.
• Night at Morocco’s – Tuesday June 3rd6:00-10:00 pm.  Morocco’s restaurant, in downtown Mountain View, will donate 10% of all proceeds to Immigrant House.  Free entertainment, featuring music by Guided Tour.

• Plaza Palooza – Friday, June 6th6:00-7:30pm.  Free entertainment!  The Friends of the Immigrant House will be on the plaza, so come say “Hi” and show your support.


• Art display at City Hall – June 4th through June 20th .  View artwork including youth art projects featuring Immigrant House themes.


A permanent home for Immigrant House

Los Altos Town Crier reports that LACF supported project, “Immigrant House”, seems to have found a permanent home.

The Mountain View City Council designated the property at 771 N. Rengstorff Ave. for park use at its Sept. 24 meeting.

The council voted 6-1 to use the land as open space, with Mayor John Inks dissenting. The city purchased the property earlier this year for $3 million.

Councilmembers had previously considered using the 1.22-acre property for affordable housing, among other options, before deciding to leave the tree-filled site more or less as is.

The council concurrently agreed to relocate the 1880s-era Immigrant House to the newly ordained parkland.

That’s good news to Los Altos resident Mary Kay Marinovich, the leading force behind the successful quest to preserve the 400-square-foot historical structure. The house was moved from its original location on Bryant Street earlier this year to a temporary city-owned site as it awaited its fate.

“Old Mountain View neighbors can be proud to have conserved one of the city’s original structures, representing the common folk that helped build this city,” Marinovich wrote in an email to councilmembers.

Marinovich’s relatives lived in the small house decades ago after they emigrated from Croatia to the U.S.

“Those of you who have been in Mountain View for 30-plus years will be amazed at 771 N. Rengstorff, because it looks like a throwback to Old Mountain View from 50 years ago,” she said. “Being on the property and in the presence of its natural beauty is simply magical. For that we can thank former owner (Frances) Steiper. I think the city council is wise to leave the property as undisturbed as possible.”