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East patio facing river
Historic Preservation | Adaptive Reuse | Tenant Improvement

Stone Brewing in the Historic Borreo Building

Napa,Ca

Photo Credits: Justin Lopez, JPL Photography

Stone Brewery Comes to life in one the most historic buildings in Napa Valley.

After sitting vacant for 17 years, the Borreo Building was sold to a group of local investors, West Pueblo Partners. They hired a local design team (Architects and Engineers) to restore the 141-year-old stone building, originally built in 1877 for Felix Borreo. A collaborative design process took place with new owners, designers and new tenants, Stone Brewing Co. of southern California. The scope of work included seismic repair, building shell restoration and a complete new interior and exterior design for brewery and restaurant. Because the initial repair work could be fast-tracked, a three-phase approach was used to complete the work that began in 2016 and completed in the spring of 2018.

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Southwest driveway

    Phase 1

    included repairing damage from the 2014 Napa earthquake, structural strengthening of the building shell with interior steel work, reinforcing all the stone arch window and door openings with steel plates, restoration of three stone arch door openings and repointing of all the masonry. Stone was found to match the native stone originally quarried from the Soda Canyon area and tooled to replicate the segmented arch stones, returning them to their original design.

    Phase 2

    Included exterior and interior shell work. Replacement of the entry stair, new floor slab and underground work, installation of all new wood windows built to replicate the one remaining original arched double hung window, new entry doors built from reclaimed Douglas fir wood taken from the second floor ceiling framing that was removed and new overhead door openings on the blind stone wall facing the river and Napa downtown.
    Included exterior and interior shell work. Replacement of the entry stair, new floor slab and underground work, installation of all new wood windows built to replicate the one remaining original arched double hung window, new entry doors built from reclaimed Douglas fir wood taken from the second floor ceiling framing that was removed and new overhead door openings on the blind stone wall facing the river and Napa downtown.

    Phase 3

    Tenant improvement work included building out a new small batch brewery, new commercial kitchen, growler/tasting bar, dining and bar area on the second floor, offices, restrooms, all site work for back of house brewing, entry and patio areas. Stone Brewing Co. was eager to embrace the rusticity of the building and chose to highlight the history of the building, including cracks in the original plaster, exposed internal steel framing, both existing and new, and the wood framed bow trusses that was constructed after the building was damaged in a 1945 fire that destroyed neighboring buildings. The final design result is one that highlights the existing stone structure and the few remaining wood details, embraces the structural design that was needed to stabilize and create a new use of the building and with new dramatic west-facing openings connects the Borreo Building to the Napa River and downtown.

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    Napa Design Partners


    • Phone: (707) 275-5000
    • Mon - Fri 8:30am - 5:30PM
    855 Bordeaux Way #250
    Napa, CA 94558