West Petaluma Living

Heritage Homes of Petaluma’s Annual Preservation Awards an Inspiration to Vintage Home Lovers

Written By: Frances Rivetti - Oct• 10•11

photo: Brad & Mimi Knop – 28 Pepper Lane, Petaluma, winner of Grand Award for Renovations on Important Historic Structure – before restoration

Classic Petaluma Golf and Country Club’s, Brainerd-Jones designed, 1922 clubhouse was the perfect setting for the 2011 Heritage Homes of Petaluma Award Ceremony, on September 18th.This lovely location set a stylish tone for the non-profit organization’s own historic, first public reception for its coveted and prestigious, annual awards.

The mission of Heritage Homes since its formation back in 1967 has been to protect the unique character of the area by encouraging preservation and restoration of vintage buildings that have historic, architectural, or cultural significance.

Though many of today’s vintage home owners have made moves into the area specifically in search of authentic community living and more affordable heritage home first-time projects, plentiful long-time Petalumans and native born citizens continue to take on some of the most astonishing local fixers in a labor of love for hometown architectural heritage.

“Teetering on the tipping point of utter ruin,” said Master of Ceremonies, Skip Sommer of a remarkable, Grand Merit residential renovation featured  in the Community Section of the Argus Courier, last week. Along with other large-scale renovation jobs around town, a plethora of ‘cute, small projects’ had clearly run away with renovator’s hearts, inevitably turning into painstakingly complex, restoration jobs, not one of which featured in the awards was any less impressive than the next.

Take a look through the web page slides of the nominated properties in the 2011 Heritage Homes of Petaluma Awards. So many incredible stories to be told, if we were to open the front door and walk inside these lovely homes, today.

Take for instance, one of the Award of Great Merit winner’s – 314 Bodega Avenue. You must recall driving by this ramshackle old property on the way out west. Its dilapidated shell had just about collapsed when Petaluma construction company owners Rick and Patricia Young took on the monumental task of salvaging the sweet old house that Rick had walked by thousands of times as a young boy.

Barely recognizable today, this gem of a completely renovated heritage home is a terrific example of what can be done with even the worst old wreck of a property, given the right vision of its owners.

Next on the agenda for Heritage Homes of Petaluma is the organization’s popular, annual Holiday Parlour Tour, this year scheduled for Sunday, December 4th, 2011 from 6 to 9p

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