The 17-room mansion, built by Frederick Beringer in 1884, is a replica of Beringer’s childhood home in Germany, and had been undergoing extensive restoration since 2007.
Last February, that project was completed. Now, the Rhine House has been recognized with an award from the California Preservation Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation of California’s diverse architectural heritage.
The restoration project included:
* Seismic retrofitting, making the structure much less susceptible to earthquake damage.
* Restoration of 41 original 19th-century stained glass panels.
* Preservation of hand-stenciled paintwork adorning the walls of the main rooms.
* Installation of a geothermal heating and cooling system, making the structure more sustainable.
Laurie Hook, Beringer’s chief winemaker, issued the following statement after the award was announced:
“We are honored to have the Rhine House restoration recognized with this prestigious award. We have a rich history as the oldest continuously operating winery within the Napa Valley, and the Rhine House is proof of our commitment to that history. The preservation of our estate is also deeply important for our visitors in years to come so that they can experience the birthplace of Napa Valley hospitality.”