9th Annual Porchfest

– Out of the Garage & onto the Porch – Once again Napa County Landmarks sponsored Napa’s largest outdoor summer event! Our annual Porch Festival is a free one day event showcasing Napa Musicians playing on some of the finest historic porches in town. A big THANK YOU for all who came out and supported this amazing event for another year!! Sunday, July 28th Big Success!!   We look forward to seeing you again next year.

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2019 Ten Most Threatened Treasures + One

Recently Napa County Landmarks (NCL) through its Preservation Action Committee (PAC) released the 2019 version of the Napa County Ten + 1 Most Threatened Treasures list. For those of you not familiar with this list, NCL made an annual compilation of historic structures throughout Napa County that were in danger of being lost. Usually this was due to “demolition by neglect”, however it also could have been due to an earthquake or an owner’s plans to do something else with their property. It’s been over five years since NCL has surveyed the County and published such a list. Since May has been designated National Preservation Month by the National Trust for Historic Preservation, it was felt the time was right to once again embark on this task. On May 8th an article ran on the front page of the Napa Valley Register. There are several examples of historical structures that once were on the former Ten Most Threatened Treasures lists that have been since been brought back by owners to “like new” condition. Some examples of these include: The Old Adobe on Soscol Avenue; The Borreo Building where Stone Brewery is housed; the once neglected Italianate house formerly on Polk…

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A Napa Coloring Book

Distribution In honor of Historic Preservation Month for May, Napa County Landmarks (NCL) distributed free coloring books to all Napa Unified School District third graders. A Napa Coloring Book was written by Marie Dolcini, past NCL Board Member, and was illustrated by Mary Ann Henderson. In 2015 this bilingual coloring book received the Governor’s Historic Preservation Award. Pictured here are the Americorp volunteers who assembled the books for each third grade classroom at the Napa County Office of Education (NCOE). 

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Upcoming Tours, Events & Programs

For over forty five years, Napa County Landmarks has been offering life enriching events and programs that explore Napa County’s cultural heritage, placing a special emphasis on the roles of historic architecture.  We have a lot of great programs, walking tours, workshops, and fundraising events planned for 2019. Keep checking for updates, or join our email list at the bottom of the page to stay updated on dates and details! Walking Tours & Bicycle Tours Napa County includes Napa, Yountville, Calistoga, St. Helena, American Canyon and various small communities within the county. We have seen highs and lows through our fascinating history here in Napa County, and our tours provide a fresh look at the amazing houses, people, and buildings that give Napa County and its beautiful towns and cities a one-of-a-kind character. Our tours provide an opportunity to view private homes and gardens, meet leaders in Historic Preservation, and stroll the charming streets of places such as Calistoga and St. Helena. Dine at great outdoor restaurants, stay at a five-star waterfront resort, and escape the winter doldrums while discovering the area’s surprising cultural heritage. Events & Programs In part, the economic success of towns and communities across our county…

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2019 Golf Tournament–September 10th!

Come join Napa County Landmarks for our 5th annual Golf Tournament! Bring your friends for a fun afternoon of golf and support for historic preservation in Napa County at Eagle Vines Golf Club! Lunch will be provided for the golfers. Our tournament will be held Tuesday, September 10th, at the Eagle Vines Golf Club Registration begins 11:00 am; Tee-Off is 12:00 pm Dinner will be held at 5 pm after the event in the main clubhouse, with awards, gifts for sponsors, and a silent auction! When purchasing tickets in a Foursome, please email us at info@napacountylandmarks.org to confirm the names of your team. All pre-sale tickets will be put on a Will Call list with us at NCL. If you would like to purchase a ticket by check, please mail the check and indicate which ticket you would like to: Napa County Landmarks 1754 Second Street Ste. E Napa, CA 94559

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May is Historic Preservation Month!

Napa County Supervisors honor Historic Preservation Month The National Register of Historic Places is the official list of the Nations’ historic places worthy of preservation. Authorized by the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966, the National Park Service’s National Register of Historic Places is part of a national program to coordinate and support public and private efforts to identify, evaluate and protect America’s historic and archeological resources. Established in 1973 by the National Trust for Historic Preservation for May, the event is co-sponsored by local preservation groups. State historical societies, business and civic organizations across the country. On May 9th the Napa County Board of Supervisors declared May as Historical Preservation Month.

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April 27th — Riverboat Captains & Mansions Tour 2019 was a Great Success!

  April 27th, 2019 The Riverboat Captains & Mansions Walking Tour took you down to Napa Abajo – one of the oldest neighborhoods in the City of Napa – along the Napa River. Taking take about an hour 1/2, longer if you chose to access the additional information provided for some of the sites. It was led by Scott Sedgely, Napa Councilman and traditional Riverboat Captain Tour Leader.  Thank you Scott for a job well done! We hope all who participated in this walking tour gained more knowledge about Napa’s history and enjoyed learning stories about these lovely homes! Also a big ‘thank you’ to Brian Jensen and Joanna Guidotti of Churchill Manor who allowed the group to tour the first floor of this historic mansion!!  

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2018 Awards of Merit

Every year Napa County Landmarks recognizes outstanding preservation projects by presenting them with an ‘Award of Merit’. These presentations take place at NCL’s Annual meeting where all members are invited to attend. In 2018 the following sites were awarded in two categories. The first category is for Preservation or Restoration of an existing historic building at least 50 years old. “Preservation places a high standard on the retention of existing form, integrity and materials of a historic property through protection, conservation, maintenance and repair. The project should reflect the building’s continuum over time, through successive occupancies and the respectful changes that have been made. Restoration focuses on the retention of form, features and character from a particular time period in a property’s history, while permitting the removal of materials from another period and limiting the upgrades to mechanical, electrical and plumbing systems.” The First Presbyterian Church  The Goodman Library The Italianate House The Pujals Residence The second category is for Rehabilitation or Adaptive reuse of an historic building. Rehabilitation emphasizes the retention and repair of historic materials, however provides for more latitude for replacement as it assumed the property is more deteriorated prior to work. The category also allows for…

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2018 Holiday Candlelight Tour

Once again Napa County Landmarks will be hosting the 29th Annual Holiday Candlelight Tour on Saturday, December 8th from 2 – 6 PM. This year’s tour will feature 11 heritage homes built from 1875 to 1900 in the historic Calistoga Avenue District.  Included in the tour is an authentic 1890 era restored caboose rail car.  The event reception will be in the Napa Valley Art Association building at 1520 Behrens Street in Napa.  Local artists will be showing their work for sale as well as an offering of light refreshments.  Musicians will be performing holiday music throughout and vintage cars will also be on display.  Tickets are $30 for members, $35 for non-members & $40 purchased the day of the event.  Tour details to follow. Buy Tickets

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