MEHER MOUNT

9902 Sulphur Mountain Road
Ojai, CA 93023-9375

Phone: 805-640-0000
Email: info@mehermount.org

HOURS

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

MANAGER/CARETAKERS

Buzz & Ginger Glasky

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

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

OFFICERS

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 - The Need for a "Fireproof" Building

Margaret Magnus

By Margaret Magnus

The need for a "fireproof" garage/workshop to house the new Kubota Tractor and support work at Meher Mount was based on the experience of the New Life Fire of October 14, 1985, which destroyed everything at Meher Mount.

MEHER MOUNT WAS ORIGINALLY A WORKING FARM

In 1946, when the New Life Foundation - headed by Jean Adriel and Alexander Markey - purchased the property in Ojai now known as Meher Mount, it was a working farm.

THE ORIGINAL FARMHOUSE AND WORKSHOP on the property. This is the site of the new Workshop completed in 2012. (Archive photo, possibly 1950s.)

The buildings included a main house in which Agnes Baron lived; a guesthouse where Avatar Meher Baba greeted guests in 1956; a number of agricultural sheds and out buildings; and a farmhouse and workshop.

A SIDE VIEW OF THE FARMHOUSE and workshop looking from the main house. This is the site of the new Workshop completed in 2012. (Archive photo, possibly 1950s.)

A DISTANT VIEW of the farmhouse and workshop with the greenhouse in the foreground. (Archive photo, possibly 1950s.)

THE NEED FOR A "FIREPROOF" GARAGE IS BASED ON HISTORY

When the $40,000 donation was made, the donor specified that $20,000 be used to purchase a new tractor and $20,000 be used to build a "fireproof" garage/workshop to house the tractor.

The reason for the "fireproof" request was because on October 14, 1985, a fire had swept through the Upper Ojai Valley destroying all the buildings, equipment, and vehicles at Meher Mount.

THE REMAINS OF THE FARMHOUSE and workshop after the October 14, 1985 New Life Fire. This is the site of the new Workshop completed in 2012. (Sam Ervin photo, October 1985.)

The date of this fire - October 14 - coincided with the start date of Avatar Meher Baba’s New Life in India on October 16, 1949. Hence, it became known as the “New Life Fire.”

The area is always highly susceptible to fire. One of the major tasks at Meher Mount is weed abatement to clear away flammable brush around buildings - a task made easier with the tractor and its implements.



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