9902 Sulphur Mountain Road
Ojai, CA 93023-9375

Phone: 805-640-0000


Wednesday-Sunday: Noon to 5:00 p.m.
Monday & Tuesday: Closed


Buzz & Ginger Glasky


Sam Ervin, Preident
Ron Holsey, Vice President
Ursula Reinhart, Treasurer
Jim Whitson, Director
Richard Mannis, Director


Margaret Magnus, Secretary

9902 Sulphur Mountain Rd
Ojai, CA, 93023
United States

(805) 640-0000

Story Blog

Anecdotes, activities and stories about Meher Mount - past, present and future.

The Workshop - A "Temporary" Shed Lasts 25 Years

Margaret Magnus

By Margaret Magnus

THE "TEMPORARY" WORKSHOP built in 1985 with found materials. There were subsequent repairs and a door replacement in later years. (David McNeely photo, 2008.)

After the October 14, 1985 New Life Fire that destroyed all the buildings on the property, caretaker Agnes Baron asked volunteer David McNeely to build a shed to replace the garage/workshop that had burned to the ground.

Agnes requested that David use scrap lumber and other materials available on the property. 

THE DOWNHILL SIDE of the "temporary" workshop built in 1985. A side "porch" addition had been slightly upgraded to provide a pottery workshop for Manager/Caretaker Lilly Weichberger in 2005. (Margaret Magnus photo, 2010.)

THE END OPPOSITE THE ENTRANCE of the "temporary" workshop built in 1985. This would become the site of the Topa Topa Patio built in 2012. (David McNeely photo, 2008.)

With the understanding that financial resources were nearly non-existent, David agreed to her conditions and completed the project, expecting the building to last two to five years. 

The “temporary” shed was used for almost 25 years as the only workshop/storage area for the property. During that time, there were periodic repairs and minor upgrades - but none really solved the problem of having a stable, usable workshop to support the Manager/Caretakers in maintaining Meher Mount.