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Historic Michael White Adobe Holds Rare Open House (PHOTOS)

For only the second time in over 20 years, the Michael White Adobe House that sits at San Marino High School was open to the public on Friday night.

As celebrated Friday night, the Michael White Adobe celebrated its second time being open to the public in over 20 years.

A committee is currently in the process of deciding what to do with the historic building.

On March 27, 1845, the land upon which the old adobe now stands and adjacent water-bearing lands were granted by Govenor Pio Pico to "Miguel Blanco" for services rendered to the San Gabriel Mission by his wife and mother-in-law. It was not until 1872, however, that the patent to the land was finally issued by Ulysses S. Grant, President of the United States.

Michael White's dwelling was restored during 1952 by and a group of public spirited citizens of the San Gabriel Valley.

Used for a short time in the 1980's as a place for cheerleaders to congregate, the building had to be closed due to safety issues.

Currently, fundraising is happening to help raise money for a new roof and to fix the foundation. The current plan is to use the home as a place to showcase awards won by athletes.

Have you been to the Michael White Adobe? What do you think of it? Tell us in the comment box below.

Gina Ebert Levy November 04, 2011 at 03:27 PM
I graduated from SMHS in 1976 and I can tell you that it was known then as the "Pep Adobe." It was used by the Pep/Cheer squad from the 1960's to the 1980's, not just in the 1980's.
Tom Fauquher November 04, 2011 at 06:11 PM
Thanks for the update Gina!
Jessica Hamlin November 04, 2011 at 07:26 PM
Yes, thanks, Gina! It's amazing to think of all the history this building has had. Would you like to see it made into a place to showcase SMHS awards?

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