Menlo Gates Project

$7,880 of $85,000 goal

Raised by 42 people in 34 months
Jym Clendenin
for Menlo Park Historical Association
In the early 1850s, when the Peninsula was almost totally undeveloped, 2 Irishmen, Dennis Oliver and Daniel McGlynn, bought land along the San Francisquito Creek to raise cattle for the San Francisco market. Remembering how much they had enjoyed holidays in the small Irish village of Menlo (now part of Galway City), they named their ranch Menlo Park and erected at the entrance on County Road a large gate with the ranch name in bold letters at the top. In the 1860s, when the railroad along the Peninsula was built, the local station was given the name of the ranch. The surounding area including today's Atherton and East Palo Alto then became known as Menlo Park. After surviving weather damage and the 30,000+ soldiers of Camp Fremont (during WWI), the gate was destroyed by a careening automobile in 1922. The City of Menlo Park consisted of 1 square mile centered on the train station when it incorporated in 1927.

The goal of this Project is to construct a replica of the original gate and erect it near its original location on El Camino Real opposite Ravenswood Avenue. The drawings for the gate are being done by volunteers, but we are asking those who live in and love Menlo Park to fund the construction and installation.

All donations to the Menlo Gates Project will go directly to the cost of construction and installation.

The Menlo Gates Project has been created by the Menlo Park Historical Association (MPHA). For more information about MPHA, visit the MPHA website at .

The Menlo Gates Committee Members (updated 11/29/2018) are:

Ernst Meissner, A.I.A. (deceased)
   (Project Originator)
Dick Angus (deceased)
Bobbie Carcione
Dexter Chow, Cheeky Monkey Toys
Jym Clendenin
Michael Demeter
Brian Flegel, Flegels Home Furnishings
Cynthia Lewis, P.E.
Jim Lewis
Betty Meissner
Melinda Meissner, Architect
Greg Mellberg, Architect
Matt Richardson, Landscape Architect
Sam Sinnott, A.I.A.
Bill Weseloh, Weseloh & Young Real Estate (deceased)
Keith Willig, A.S.L.A.
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Installation of the Menlo Gates has begun on the City Campus, over the sidewalk on Alma near Ravenswood. The project should be completed by the end of the year (or soon thereafter depending on the weather). We still have $12,000 to raise. Please donate!
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The good news is that construction of the Menlo Gates has begun. The steel frame should be installed in about 1 week, maybe Nov 28th. The entire construction and installation should be completed by the end of Dec! The bad news is that the cost (now fixed by a construction contract with Sinnott & Co) has risen to $97,000. We now need to raise an additional $14,000 to complete the project. Your donation will help. You can also help by spreading this need for additional donations among your friends and relatives who love Menlo Park and want to honor its history in this way.
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FINAL update:

The Menlo Gates Project has raised a total of $42,595 from 56 donations. The gofundme portion is $6,705 from 37 donations. THANK YOU EACH DONOR! The City of Menlo Park has decided to donate an additional $43,000, bringing us to our goal of $86,000. The City has also agreed to install the Gates at the corner of Ravenswood Ave and Alma St. We are now in the process of finishing the required construction and landscape drawings and preparing the required contracts. We hope to complete the manufacture by the end of 2018 and anticipate a dedication in March 2019. This is the final update on gofundme. Future updates will be posted directly to the MPHA facebook page: //MenloParkHistoricalAssociation
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Last night, the City Council approved a matching gift of $43K to the Menlo Gates Project, bringing the total for the Project to the required $86K. The exact location for the Gates is to be decided by the City within the next 60 days. The manufacture of the Gates will begin as soon as the construction drawings (submitted last Jan 3rd) are approved by the City.
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$7,880 of $85,000 goal

Raised by 42 people in 34 months
Created May 20, 2016
Funds raised will benefit:
Menlo Park Historical Association
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Menlo Park, CA
EIN: 237304914
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Betty/Melina Meissner
3 months ago

In honor and memory of Ernst

Bill Wohler
3 months ago

In memory of Forrest Girouard.

Steve Harrick
3 months ago

Happy to live in Menlo Park!

Alice Miller
12 months ago

The house i grew up in, at 773 Harvard Av. MP, was built in 1916. I support your efforts to restore the gate !

Jym Clendenin
15 months ago

In memory of Ernst Meissner

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