The Origin of Immigrant House

Built before 1888, Immigrant House is a tiny home (14 x 20”) that provided shelter for the laborers, immigrants and struggling artists of the city’s past. It holds significance in that it represents the history of the immigration experience here in Mountain View and the laborers whose hard work “built this city”. This house serves as a contrast to the houses of the wealthy (such as Rengstorff House) and shows future generations how the working class lived. It represents the humble beginning of the American dream for past generations. The painting was created by Patricia Miller as a gift to Mary Kay Marinovich. Patricia lived in the house from 1971 to 1975. Her painting was the inspiration for our campaign artwork.