By Dennis Sullivan
On a glorious, sunny, Saturday afteron proud city leaders joined a delighted group of church volunteers, community organizations and citizens in a ribbon cutting that was years in the coming, the dedication of the completed Morrell House restoration. The Morrell House stood magnificently behind several speakers at the unveiling of this carefully restored historic home.
Following an invocation by Pastor Chris Cannon, King’s Harbor Church, Mayor Mike Gin, dressed in period costume for the occasion, opened the ceremonies with introductions of the many officials and volunteers in attendance. Gin spoke warmly of the considerable effort all those involved over the years had made to salvage, move, preserve and restore this important Redondo home since 1990. Councilman Don Szerlip and City Manager William Workman recalled the challenges this project presented in terms of cost and resources over the years. They shared their appreciation for the tremendous job done by the volunteers and sponsors.
It took a special commitment by one man, Vic Braden of Cornerstone Construction, to put the project over its final hurdles. Braden managed the considerable efforts of volunteers, contractors and city resources to complete the restoration. He was especially proud of the dedication of his church and staff over many weekends that brought them together with a special bond.
Bob Hayes, Redondo Beach Historical Society president, thanked the generous volunteers that cleaned, scraped, sanded, painted, stained, wired, nailed and polished the Morrell House with such care. The Historical Society was responsible for managing the restoration process and for raising funds to pay for it.
After Mayor Gin’s closing remarks it was time for the moment everyone came for, the ribbon cutting. Volunteers and officials stood behind the Mayor as he used the over-sized scissors to officially open the Morrell House with an historic cut. Cheers and applause signaled the abundant joy on reaching this long-awaited moment.
The Morrell House is now officially open for business – weddings, anniversaries, reunions and community affairs. It was a beautiful day and a terrific dedication.