The Sonoma League for Historic Preservation has announced winners of its 2016 Historic Preservation Awards, to be celebrated with a May 18 reception at the League’s Heritage and Events Center Garden.
Three Sonoma Valley wineries — Buena Vista Winery, Pangloss Cellars and Three Sticks Winery — will be honored for their preservation of significant historic structures on their respective properties.
Accepting the awards will be Jean-Charles Boisset, Proprietor of Buena Vista Winery; Winemaker Erich Bradley of Pangloss Cellars; and owners Bill and Eva Price of Three Sticks Winery
“Sonoma is not only the site of major California historical events but also the birthplace of the California wine industry,” said League President Robert Demler. “It is therefore appropriate that the League recognizes those wineries that have significantly contributed to preserving Sonoma’s rich architectural heritage.”
Boisset purchased Buena Vista Winery in 2011 and immediately began a significant restoration to preserve and protect the winery’s cellars and caves. In 2012, a seismic retrofit (above) was completed that allowed the long-closed cellars to re-open to the public. Said Architect Naomi Miroglio, “The most challenging, yet gratifying aspect of the project was to achieve Boisset’s vision to develop a structural upgrade scheme that would have no visible impact to the historic character and features of the building.”
Pangloss Cellars’ tasting lounge (above) is the carefully restored 114-year-old G.H. Hotz Building on Sonoma Plaza at 35 Napa St. E., land granted by the Mexican Government to the San Francisco Solano Mission in 1823.
Three Sticks’ Bill and Eva Price embarked a nearly two-year preservation and renovation project of the historic Vallejo-Casteñada Adobe at 143 W. Spain St. (shown at top of page). The property is one of Sonoma’s few remaining buildings from California’s Mexican Period (1821-1846). The house was constructed by Captain Salvador Vallejo, brother of General Mariano Guadalupe Vallejo, the Commandante Générale of California.
The event, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at 291 First St. E., is open to League members. To RSVP call 707.996.3422.