SAN MARINO – Celebrating more than 200 years of history (both official and unofficial), the San Marino Fire Department along with Rotary, city and Chinese clubs met inside the city’s fire station to celebrate the Centennial Mural, located just east of the fire station on the 2200 block of Huntington Drive. Around 150 people attended the event, more than doubling the usual attendance of a city meeting.
“It is a beautiful piece of art. I’m greatly in favor of all sorts of public art; it adds to the community and the red car was a great choice because the system had its origins with Henry Huntington,” said Councilman Dennis Kneier. “The Centennial celebration is coming together so beautifully.”
San Marino’s finest gathered there to share in the city’s rich history, recounting tales of Henry Huntington’s mansion, the life of Gen. Patton and just how much it cost to ride in one of San Marino’s Railway trolleys which ran more than 50 years ago.
The mural was painted by Brian Kenyon, who met San Marino Councilman Dennis Kneier at a chamber event three to four years ago. San Marinians gathered last week to celebrate both the first red car as well as the the founding year of the city.
The mural is painted on a building owned by Wil Jung and his wife Jennifer. Dave Saldaña and Kneier were also integral in getting the project off the ground and setting the plans for the mural in motion. The councilman said that by the end of the year there is a possibility of a Phase 2 being completed, which would involved expanding the blacks, whites and grays to the edges of the building.
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