By Stacey De Shazo
The word Napa often brings to mind visions of beautiful vineyards, amazing wine, and of course great food, but we are also a community that is passionate about historic preservation. After the South Napa Earthquake hit on Sunday, August 24, at 3:20 a.m. and the day broke, the light uncovered the condition of the architectural heritage that we had worked so hard to preserve. The County of Napa recognized long ago that our community character is created by not only people, but by places that we preserve, such as the National Register-listed Sam Kee Laundry Building, Trefethen’s historic gravity-flow winery, the graceful Napa County Courthouse Plaza, and the bold Goodman Library. Lesser known, but still significant, are locally listed houses and buildings in neighborhoods and communities throughout Napa County that also embrace their heritage through preservation.
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