History in the Remaking – Five award-winning historical projects

Each year, The Sonoma League for Historic Preservation honors projects that exemplify its goal of preserving and protecting the historic character of the town.

With its 2011 Preservation Awards, the league recognized five properties and two outstanding Sonoma residents for their efforts to maintain Sonoma’s architectural heritage.

In addition to the projects, two individuals were honored. Ann Teller received the Wylie Hartman Award for her many efforts throughout the community and for her stewardship of Oak Hill Farm for more than thirty years.

Ernestine Evans was given the Ellie Baker Award, which recognizes an outstanding volunteer League volunteer. Evans has served the League in many ways including managing the Vasquez House (now the General Joseph Hooker House) for more than 10 years.

Find out more about the league at Sonomaleague.com

568 Second Street East - Patrick and Patricia Hazelton
Robert Baumann Architect
Landers/Curry General Contractor
New construction. Urban farmhouse. Wraparound porch. Unpretentious style. Horizontal wood siding. Ornamental wood trim. Green development practices. New construction with sensitivity to historical precedents.

228 Second Street East—Ron and Audrey Chapman
Vic Conforti, Architect
Cam Fraser, Wine Country Builders
Gary Ronconi, Sonoma Landscapes
New construction. Sonoma farmhouse. Previously a hot springs resort. Stone walls. Fieldstone foundation. Clapboard siding. Post and picket porch railings. Divided window panes. Reclaimed 100 year old heart redwood. Heritage oaks.

1815 Grove Street—Les and Judy Vadasz
Brandon Wells, Project Manager
Adrian Martinez, Architect
Ken Campbell, Engineer
Mark Molofsky, Builder
Major reconstruction of an existing historic building. Standing on property originally purchased by Nicholas Carriger. Built around 1848. Rescued from falling down. Lifted 16 feet off the ground for new foundation. Siding repaired. New roof. One year to complete. “This award is an unexpected validation of all our hard work.”

84 Loma Vista — Craig Weisman and Susan Whitecotton
Tim Farfan
Restoration of a historic residence. Built in the 1860s and 1890s. The “before” was used by a film crew for as the setting for a horror film. Completely restored and updated. Porch railing may have been from the original fence around the Plaza.

775 Denmark Street—Julie Kidson
Restoration of a historic residence. Built in 1940. Restored 2008-2011. Original footprint maintained. Cottage look and feel. Original redwood flooring used in existing kitchen island. Vaulted ceilings, many windows, vineyard views. “To have others appreciate something I have felt so passionate about is truly one of the best compliments I have ever received.”


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