People Saving Places Through Preservation
2020 Award of Merit Recipient
The Zuk Financial Building award for Category 1 Restoration/Preservation, was presented by NCL Board Director, Annemarie Hastings. Her remarks, “The Zuk Building, at 1340 4th Street at Franklin, in Napa is presented the Napa County Landmarks Award of Merit for interior restoration and preservation.
It is currently home to Zuk Financial Group, and its president and co-founder Paula Key who founded the company with Cory Zuk in 1974. Also known as the Murphy Building for John Murphy, Paula’s husband and owner, the 1897 Victorian has originally been just one-story, however was razed in the 1920’s to create ground floor apartments.
The project was a collaboration of local builders, architects and designers: Chris D. Craiker of Craiker Architects, Jason Yeakey of Titan Builders, and Marie Leonard of Marie Lyall Interior Design. Chris Craiker, who has been designing sustainable buildings for more than 40 years, and is with us today has noted, “The building is a jewel in the Napa’s Old Town tiara. We strove to make this a showcase of both historic renovation and to celebrate the revival of a Downtown office.”
The 3200-plus square foot structure has been beautifully restored with exceptional attention to detail especially with regard to the abundant wood finishes and inlaid flooring. Artifacts from its rich history are displayed in a bright sun room showcasing fully restored windows that overlook the tree-lined downtown Napa street.
The restoration effort has garnered numerous other awards, and Napa County Landmarks is proud to applaud the efforts in preserving and restoring this downtown gem.