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1875 - Kee, Sam, Laundry Building - Napa, CA
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member saopaulo1
N 38° 18.068 W 122° 17.230
10S E 562328 N 4239467
Quick Description: This was the first stone building in Napa.
Location: California, United States
Date Posted: 6/11/2009 7:42:18 PM
Waymark Code: WM6JZ1
Published By: Groundspeak Regular Member Team Sieni
Views: 2

Long Description:
"This attractive but unassuming, false-front Italianate building, built of locally quarried sandstone, is the oldest stone commercial structure in the town of Napa.

It began life in 1875 as the Pfeiffer/Barth Brewery and became the Stone Saloon in the 1890's. The Stone Saloon is reputed to have run a brothel upstairs, but I can't vouch for this. It sometimes seems that people want to believe that every old building in California was a brothel at some point. Even my former residence in San Francisco had many years ago been a brothel according to the neighbors.

The saloon remained in business until it was shut down by Prohibition. The Sam Kee Laundry, in a fitting metaphor, occupied the building. The laundry thrived for more than fifty years, its shingle still hanging over the door when the building was designated a national landmark in 1974. The Andrews Meat Company and Deli replaced the laundry and remained in the building until 1999.

The building is now the Vintner's Collective, a tasting room for some of Napa Valley's most prestigious boutique wineries: Ancien Wines, Buoncristiani Family Winery, Patz & Hall, Judd's Hill, Melka Wines and others." (visit link)
Year of construction: 4

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Full inscription: Not listed

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