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Mtn. View receives piece of Berlin Wall


Photo By: Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Photo Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier

The Mountain View City Council voted to relocate two sections of the Berlin Wall to the front of the city’s library on Franklin Street. The family of the late developer Frank Golzen donated the historical slabs.

Two pieces that were a part of a key symbol – and barrier – in Cold War history will soon have a new home in Mountain View.

The Mountain View City Council last week voted 6-1 in favor of placing two donated sections of the Berlin Wall in front of the city’s library at 585 Franklin St. Councilwoman Ronit Bryant cast the lone dissenting vote because she opposed removing a bench in front of the library for the historical acquisition. The council also approved a $50,000 appropriation to cover the installation of the two graffiti-marked slabs.

The portions of the infamous wall that split Berlin for 28 years are currently located in a private parking lot in Mountain View. The family of the late Frank Golzen donated the relics to the city last year.

A native of Frankfurt, Golzen purchased the sections in 1989, shortly after the wall fell, and later put them on display at a Mountain View office complex he owned.

Although no official date has been determined, Mountain View City Manager Dan Rich told the Town Crier that he anticipates installation will “occur by August. I’m guessing it will be around July.”

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