PORCHFEST!

Napa County Landmarks’ own PORCHFEST returns July 31st, 2016! Come along and enjoy a hot summer day of fun, friends, and rockin’ tunes from porches around the Napa downtown and surrounding areas. The music starts at 12:00 noon and continues until 6 pm! Admission is free and t-shirts will be available for purchase at our event and online, starting soon! For more information about bands, locations, and more, check out the Porchfest website and facebook page! If you would like to volunteer for 2016 Porchfest, please follow this link here!

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May 7th–Riverboat Make-Up

5/10 Edit: Thank you everyone who came! We had a great tour this year, and HUGE thanks to Scott Sedgely! Riverboat Captains & Mansions Tour has been Rescheduled! May 7th, 10:00 AM Meet outside the Hatt Building The Riverboat Captains & Mansions Walking Tour will take you down to Napa Abajo – one of the oldest neighborhoods in the City of Napa – along the Napa River. It should take about 45 minutes to 1 hour, longer if you choose to access the additional information provided for some of the sites. The route is easily walkable and about 1 mile. There are few crosswalks and most streets do not have stop signs, so be cautious and look both ways before crossing. The sidewalks are in fair condition, but be aware that many of the trees have uprooted large sections of the pavement. It is led by Scott Sedgely, Napa Councilman and traditional Riverboat Captain Tour Leader!

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2016 Calendar of Events!

Napa County Landmarks’ Calendar of Events is officially available! Check out all the cool events we have planned for 2016: 2015 Annual Meeting–TBA Bikefest Tour–TBA Preservation Conference–April 16th-20th ~MAY: PRESERVATION MONTH~ Ten Threatened Treasures–May 1st Riverboat Captains Tour—Rescheduled! May 7th Yountville Walking Tour–TBA Tulocay Walking Tour–June 11th Porchfest–July 31st Vintage Trailer Hitch-Up–August 19th-20th Abajo-Fuller Park Tour–September 10th Golf Tournament–September 26th Awards of Merit–October 23rd St. Helena Bike Tour–November 5th Holiday Candlelight Tour–December 10th

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Holiday Candlelight Tour 2015–A Huge Success!

We at Napa County Landmarks would like to thank everyone who attended or helped out at this year’s Holiday Candlelight Tour for making it one of the best we’ve ever had! Even after the hiatus, we were proud to say that the tour had the highest attendance in many years. We’d like to give a big round of applause especially to the homeowners, without whom we never could have put on the event! We hope everyone had as much fun as we did, and we look forward to having another successful tour next year! Keep an eye out for new events, and for our new website, coming out next year!

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2015 Ten Threatened Treasures

Throughout the years, Napa County Landmarks has used its Ten Threatened Treasures list to raise awareness about the threats facing some of the Napa County’s greatest treasures. The list often reveals treasures long forgotten or just out of sight, and has been successful in galvanizing preservation efforts to help ensure that these sites are not lost. Click here to view the list for 2015! This year’s list highlights historic resources Upvalley near Calistoga, but one City of Napa property has made its way onto the list due the the urgency of threat after the South Napa Earthquake.

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Help Save this Classic Revival House!

The upper level of this building is a 1900 Classical Revival–style house at 1100 West Street in Napa and is available to a qualified applicant willing to move the structure to another location and save the home. A qualified applicant must have a relocation site readily available, must demonstrate that they have the resources to complete the move of the structure, and must work with a licensed house moving contractor. The historic upper level is approximately 2,051 SF and is rated HRI-2 on the City’s Historic Resources Inventory but it is does not have Landmark status. The City of Napa will be accepting proposals from interested parties for the relocation of the upper floor.The following deadlines must be met by any party interested in relocating and saving this property: November 23, 2015 — Deadline to submit proposal; December 21, 2015 — Deadline to execute Agreement for removal of the structure; and May 1, 2016 — Deadline to complete removal of the structure. Contact Jeff Freitas, Real Property Manager, Public Works Department, 707-257-9520, jfreitas@cityofnapa.org.

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Happening Now in 2015

What a fantastic year for Napa County Landmarks! We started the year out with the approval of three National Register nominations by the State Historical Resources Commission, several successful walking tours, two historic bike tours in Calistoga, a golf fundraising event, the new Bothe Park Vintage Trailer Hitchup, and our most recent event: the Award of Merit. Congratulations to all our 2015 Award receipts: Brannan Cottage Inn – Restoration Inglenook Tank House – Protection by Relocation and Restoration City of Napa Planning Division – Protection and Preservation City of Napa Post South Napa Earthquake Trefethen Winery – Post South Napa Earthquake Restoration Yountville Town Hall – National Register Nomination and Restoration Project Gifford House – Preservation and Restoration Mary Ellen Boyet – Lifetime Achievement Special thanks to Napa Valley Museum and Elhers Estate for helping sponsor the event.

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Help Save Napa’s Downtown Post Office!

The Franklin Station post office in downtown Napa is one of our community’s most treasured public buildings and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. This unique, New Deal-era building represents an important piece of our collective history and is an art deco icon beloved for its period architecture, terra cotta frieze, imposing urn lanterns and interior artwork and detail. The building doesn’t just stand as a testament to a kind of fine craftsmanship no-longer practiced today – it was paid for by the public and reflects the collective pride people took in shaping public spaces to inspire and delight the senses. Now, against the wishes of the City of Napa and most citizens, the U.S. Postal Service is proposing to raze this National Register listed gem to the ground. UPDATE: January 5, 2016 Napa County Landmarks is working directly with USPS Preservation Officer Daniel Delahaye and the City of Napa to gain the support necessary to finalize the preservation covenant. At this time we are hopeful that the USPS will support our bid to hold the covenant of the Franklin Station Post Office! More to come as events unfold.

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Brannan Cottage Inn Rehabilitation Project

UPDATE:The Brannan Cottage Inn has won the “Best Hotel Renovation” from Sunset Travel Awards for 2015! Read about the award by clicking here! (PDF 500kB) In 1857 a San Francisco entrepreneur, Samuel Brannan purchased land at the north end of the Napa Valley known as Hot Springs Township. Hoping to capitalize on the area’s mineral waters and natural hot springs, Brannan saw the potential of Calistoga to become a resort destination. Brannan sold plots of his land to finance the development of the resort based around the geothermal resources. Billed as the Saratoga Springs of the west, Sam Brannan’s Hot Spring’s resort opened its doors in 1862. The hotel included guest cottages, bathing pools, landscaped parks, stables, a dance pavilion, and an observatory. The hotel attracted wealthy guests from San Francisco and throughout the Bay Area looking to escape the city fog and summer in the Napa Valley. Brannan encouraged the development of the town to support his resort and laid out commercial and residential plots near the resort.  Located at 109 Wapoo Street in Calistoga, the Brannan Cottage Inn is one of three of the original Sam Brannan resort cottages and the only one that is still in its original location. Last…

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Happening Now Practice

What a fantastic year for Napa County Landmarks! We started the year out with the approval of three National Register nominations by the State Historical Resources Commission, several successful walking tours, two historic bike tours in Calistoga, a golf fundraising event, the new Bothe Park Vintage Trailer Hitchup, and our most recent event: the Award of Merit. Congratulations to all our 2015 Award receipts: Brannan Cottage Inn – Restoration Inglenook Tank House – Protection by Relocation and Restoration City of Napa Planning Division – Protection and Preservation City of Napa Post South Napa Earthquake Trefethen Winery – Post South Napa Earthquake Restoration Yountville Town Hall – National Register Nomination and Restoration Project Gifford House – Preservation and Restoration Mary Ellen Boyet – Lifetime Achievement Special thanks to Napa Valley Museum and Elhers Estate for helping sponsor the event.

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