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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