Recently I went to a men’s luncheon of businessmen and winery owners. One of the winery owners stood up during the luncheon and made a statement to the group to thank me for doing such a magnificent job of restoring the Old Adobe on Soscol Avenue. Everyone at the luncheon began to clap.
I explained to the gentleman who made the statement that I am not the owner of the Old Adobe building now, and that my two grandsons, Justin Altamura and Santino Altamura, are the owners and they are working day and night to complete the restoration of the oldest building in Napa County, dating to the 1840s.
The reason I am writing this letter is that every place I go in Napa people thank me for the wonderful job I am doing. I just want to give credit where credit is due.
The old Adobe was the home of Don Cayetano Juarez who raised his large family in that adobe house. Juarez also owned over 8,000 acres of land surrounding the Old Adobe, which included the Napa State Hospital Property and Napa College property, and generously gave the City of Napa Tulocay Cemetery.
I am so proud of my two grandsons for owning and taking on this restoration, as I enjoy going there to see the progress they are making toward the full restoration. This adobe is a jewel in our city, and the way they are redoing it will be for the enjoyment of generations to come to view the building and admire the exceptional work they have done. To them I say, thank you.
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