Six Practical Reasons to Save Old Buildings

1. Old buildings have intrinsic value. Buildings of a certain era, namely pre-World War II, tend to be built with higher-quality materials such as rare hardwoods (especially heart pine) and wood from old-growth forests that no longer exist. Prewar buildings were also built by different standards. A century-old building might be a better long-term bet than its brand-new counterparts. Take, for example, the antebellum Kennedy-Baker-Walker-Sherrill House in West Knoxville, Tennessee. Until the City Council approved a zoning deal, the house was threatened by developers’ interests. However, following its classification as a historic site, the house―and its five-brick-thick walls―will be reborn as an office building that could withstand the fiercest of tornadoes. 2. When you tear down an old building, you never know what’s being destroyed. A decade ago, the Daylight Building in Knoxville was a vacant eyesore. A developer purchased the property with plans to demolish the building to make way for new construction. However, following multiple failed deals to demolish the building, the Daylight went back on the market. Dewhirst Properties bought it and began renovations only to discover the building’s hidden gems: drop-ceilings made with heart-pine wood, a large clerestory, a front awning adorned with unusual tinted “opalescent”…

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30th Annual Holiday Candlelight Tour!

Was a huge success! Thank You!! Napa County Landmarks hosted the 30th Annual Holiday Candlelight Tour on Saturday, December 14th. This year’s tour featured many heritage homes in the Old Town Napa, Franklin & Randolph Streets area.  The event reception & check-in was at the United Methodist Church, at the Franklin & Fourth Streets. Featured at the reception was a life size Nativity Scene created by Napa artist, Louise Tessin Roats, circa 1958. Each piece is an individual work of art. An offering of light refreshments was available as well as a silent auction.  Musicians performed holiday music throughout the homes and vintage cars were also on display.    Thank you for all who attended this wonderful holiday event! We look forward to seeing you again next year.        

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Preservation Urgent Alert!

Caltrans intends to remove and replace the stone rails of the York Creek Bridge (near Beringer Vineyards) and the Sulphur Creek Bridge (near Gott’s Roadside) in St. Helena.   Both of these bridges have served the community well for over a century, and can continue if Caltrans leaves them in place. There are irreplaceable parts of the unique cultural heritage of both St Helena and Napa County.   We urge Caltrans to listen to the community and leave these historic bridges and their parapets in place.   Public comments on these projects should be sent by by Nov. 19th to: Nathan Roberts, Associate Environmental Planner P.O. Box 23660, Office of Environmental Analysis, MS-8B, Oakland, Ca  94623-0660; or email to nathan.roberts@dot.ca.gov   The link describing the projects is as follows:     https://napavalleyregister.com/news/local/caltrans-shares-details-of-st-helena-bridge-upgrades-on-main/article_54986b2a-449d-5cc4-b567-0da0497f88cb.html   Preservation Action Committee Napa County Landmarks    

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Franklin Station Post Office Update

NCL’s Board of Directors supports the rehabilitation and repurposing of the Napa Franklin Station Post Office. We know that such a project will require an addition to the original building footprint to be financially viable, and that not every inch of the historic building can be preserved. However, it is our duty to enforce the terms of the preservation covenant and the City should refrain from going forward with the approval process until the two parties who signed the easement (NCL and the property owner) are in agreement.

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The Art & Architecture of Tulocay Cemetery

Limited space for this inaugural walking tour! Join Napa County Landmarks, Inc. and Rebecca Yerger, historian, historic preservation consultant and Napa Valley Register columnist, for this new walking tour.   On All Souls’ Day & Dia de los Muertos Saturday November 2, 2019  from 10 AM – NOON at Tulocay Cemetery 411 Coombsville Rd., Napa.   Established in 1859, Tulocay Cemetery has been the steward of the final resting place of long-ago Napa Valley residents, and others, for generations. Within its serene park-like setting, many of those at rest within Tulocay Cemetery have been honored with special markers, statuary and/or structures. Each of these commemorative elements and objects hold their own unique and meaningful design, style and symbolism. The details of these remembrances and acts of reverence will be the focus of each featured walking tour stop. Also, a brief biographical sketch highlighting the life and times of those associated with the featured sites will complete the story.   The tour begins through the original iron gates at the Tulocay Memorial Mausoleum on the left. The Mausoleum is near of the old office where parking is also available. Check in begins at 9:45 AM. Tickets: $15 NCL Members, $20 Non-members,…

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Napa County Landmark’s Exclusive Event!

Connections of a Judge, JUSTICE and a Lady.   Judge Johnson and Sarah Horrell House and the Hayman Cottage. The Judge Johnson and Sarah Horrell House and the Hayman Cottage in Napa is the winner of a 2019 Preservation Design Award for Restoration. Award recipients are selected by a jury of top professionals in the fields of architecture, engineering, planning, and history, as well as renowned architecture critics and journalists. In making their decision, the jury noted the incredible work done to unearth the home’s past, stating, “there was a major research project to discover the house’s history, and to return the structure back to its original beauty.” About this projectThe Horrell House had been neglected for decades with historical elements removed so that it was barely recognizable from its original Gothic Revival style. However, if you looked beyond all this you could see traces of its former glory – the sawn-off bargeboard, the old portico foundation, and evidence of shutters once adorning this old house. Many hours of research and discovery of its past revealed its important early Napa history and the family that built it circa 1856. There were only three families that owned the house until 1947, the last…

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A Haunting We Will Go!

In Search of the Enchanting Relics of Napa County Walking Tours! Sunday, October 13, 2019, from 10 AM – Noon in Calistoga. RESCHEDULED!! October 20th, from 3-5 PM in Calistoga!!!   Saturday, October 26, 2019, from 4 – 6 PM in Napa. We will be meeting at the north end of Veterans Park on Main Street. These walking tours are autumn haunting season only events . . .“Rain or Shine!” Space is limited. Join Napa County Landmarks and Rebecca Yerger. historian, historic preservation consultant and Napa Valley Register columnist, for two new walking tours featuring a mesmerizing sampler of the haunts of Napa County’s other spirits.   The Calistoga ghostly gathering on Saturday, October 13th, will meet at Pioneer Park on Cedar Street to register, beginning at 9:45 AM.     This spectral exploration will hover along Calistoga’s Lincoln Avenue revealing frightful to humorous paranormal accounts. It will also uncover the enchanting mortal and architectural heritage of the featured locations. The tour will conclude at Pioneer Park for a remote visitation to outlying sites of fright.   The Napa spook-tacular gathering on Saturday, October 26th, will meet at the north end of the Veterans Memorial Park on Main Street to…

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Legacies of Long Ago Napans: Gifts from the Past

2019 Fall History Classes of Napa Discover the unique histories, defining characteristics and significance of a representative cross-section of Napa County’s historic properties and sites!   Mondays, September 23-October 21, 2019from 6:30 – 8 PM. Native Sons of the Golden West Hall937 Coombs Street, Napa  

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Fuller Park Tour 2019 – September 7th

Napa County Landmarks is proud to announce another successful 2019 Fuller Park Historic Walking Tour! On September 7th, local expert and tour guide Tom Kennelly and wife Susan Kennelly conducted a walking tour of Napa’s very own Fuller Park! This historic district offers a wide array of architectural styles, from Queen Anne to Greek Revival to Prairie, and a glimpse into Napa’s past. Learn about local Napa architects Luther Turton and William Corlett; as well as the famous Coombs family, who had ties to this area! WHEN: September 7th, 10:00 am WHERE: Fuller Park, corner of Jefferson Street and Oak Street Tickets are be available for purchase on the day of the event, or online .   Special Feature: One home was open for an exclusive interior tour! All those who participated thoroughly enjoyed it! Be sure to join us next year!

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