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Immigrant House heads to its new home

Original post made on Aug 8, 2016

One of the Mountain View's oldest domiciles, the former farm-laborer cottage known as the Immigrant House, is settling into new digs on Monday morning. The century-old redwood building is being hauled about 3 miles across town to the city's Heritage Park.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Monday, August 8, 2016, 1:55 PM


Posted by Martin Omander
a resident of Rex Manor
on Aug 8, 2016 at 3:06 pm

Looking forward to seeing Heritage Park when it's ready, with this house in it! A small-ish park seems like the perfect new site for the small-ish Immigrant House.

Posted by Member
a resident of Monta Loma
on Aug 8, 2016 at 3:19 pm

Heritage park is the only thing the city has done I've agreed with, I wish they would focus more on projects like this and other safety and quality of life projects. Though I know it's not realistic when everyone is in the pocket of Prometheus...

Posted by SP Phil
a resident of Shoreline West
on Aug 8, 2016 at 7:10 pm

Member, I hope you've also agreed with Mariposa Park and other beautiful recreational spaces that have been added over the past several years.

Posted by Steven Nelson
a resident of Cuesta Park
on Aug 9, 2016 at 7:55 am

Another old house saved for our future residents. Rengstorff House was the first great save. I remember it sitting. forlorn and seemingly forgotten for (?) a decade, foundation-less, at Shoreline Park. It is nice that both the community through NGO Friends of Immigrant House and the city departments (Parks & Rec and Public Works) have been able to work together on this project. (Dan Rich as current City Manager, chief bureaucrat :).

Our last several City Councils have also shown (IMO) the ability to direct good Public Policy in this instance.

A well managed public organization, can make community investments that, though a bit pricy in the short run, pay for themselves in community involvement and education, over the long run. May this little house, have a good next century.

Posted by Marty Estrada
a resident of another community
on Aug 17, 2016 at 10:23 am

I lived in that shed between 1992 and 1998. I have fond memories of my 1st dog there and where my wife and I lived before we bought a house in San Jose. Thank you for saving it. I had little idea of it's historic significance but had heard that long ago, it was used as a blacksmith shed.