Holiday tour

Holiday tour visits Napa history

2012-11-30T16:40:00Z Holiday tour visits Napa historyFor the Register Napa Valley Register
November 30, 2012 4:40 pm  • 

This year’s Holiday Candlelight Tour showcases the works of early Napa architect Luther Turton.

Sponsored by Napa County Landmarks and Napa County Historical Society,  the 24th annual Holiday Candlelight Tour takes place on Saturday, Dec. 8 from 3-7 p.m.

“It’s a straight shot down First Street,” said Nancy Levenberg, director of the Historical Society, adding that Pedi-cabs will be on hand, if guests want to hire one for the ride to visit eight of the versatile, prolific Turton’s designs.

 Vintage cars will be on display in front of the houses on the self-guided holiday tour that features eight Turton buildings ranging from small “jewel-box” bungalows to expansive mansions that exhibit the full range of architectural detail.

The Bounty Hunter, which occupies the Semorile Building, one of Turton’s designs, will open its second floor for the tour, and be serving food and wine to guests, she added.

At the Goodman Library, another Turton design that is now home to both Landmarks and the Historical Society, a receptionwill take place beginning at 11 a.m. Coffee, cider and cookies will be served, said Levenberg.

This year, the event will also include a holiday gift bazaar at the Goodman Library, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Levenberg said the items include books, Provençal linens, hand-made clothing, and foods.

Guests can also visit the current exhibit titled “Luther Turton: Napa’s Architect” at the Goodman Library

A vintage car will also mark the cite of two other  points of interest, not open for the tour but well known Turten designs, the Gifford House on 608 Randolph Street and the First Methodist Church, across the street. The Gifford House is undergoing extensive renovations, Levenberg said; and the historic Methodist Church, celebrating its 160th anniversary this year, will illuminate its stained-glass windows for the event.

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