Wed08272014

Mountain View on the Move

Google contributes $50K to Immigrant House restoration


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Immigrant House

Google Inc. recently donated $50,000 to the Mountain View Kiwanis Club, earmarked for the relocation and restoration of Immigrant House, a small historical structure dating from the 1800s.

Originally built as a laborer’s house, the 400-square-foot structure serves as a monument to the early immigrants of the region.

Set to be demolished last year, the Mountain View City Council last May granted the Immigrant House a reprieve, approving its relocation to 771 Rengstorff Ave., site of the city’s newest park.

“May 25th was an amazing city council meeting,” said Mary Kay Marinovich, lead advocate for Friends of Immigrant House, an organization dedicated to preserving the structure to celebrate the area’s immigrants, past and present. “Not only did the firefighters and members of city’s SEIU union-represented employees stand up and declare their support and their intention to donate time and talent toward its restoration, but it also led to Google’s generous support. And now the dream of seeing Immigrant House saved for future generations is on its way to fruition.”

Friends of Immigrant House plans to raise awareness and generate public support for the project this year.

“Google’s financial assistance and the support of the Mountain View Kiwanis Club in this arena is an incredible help to us,” Marinovich said.

For more information, call 961-8209 or visit facebook.com/pages/Friends-of-Immigrant-House/463720156983669.

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