National Register #74000540
Sam Kee Laundry Building
1245 Main Street
This attractive but unassuming, false-front Italianate building, built of locally quarried
sandstone, is the oldest stone commercial structure in the town of Napa.
It began life
in 1875 as the Pfeiffer/Barth Brewery and became the Stone Saloon in the 1890's.
The Stone Saloon is reputed to have run a brothel upstairs, but I can't vouch for this.
It sometimes seems that people want to believe that every old building in
California was a brothel at some point. Even my former residence in San Francisco had
many years ago been a brothel according to the neighbors.
The saloon remained in business until it was shut down by Prohibition. The Sam
Kee Laundry, in a fitting metaphor, occupied the building. The laundry thrived
for more than fifty years, its shingle still hanging over the door when the building was
designated a national landmark in 1974. The Andrews Meat Company and Deli replaced
the laundry and remained in the building until 1999.
The building is now the Vintner's Collective, a tasting room for some of Napa Valley's
most prestigious boutique wineries: Ancien Wines, Buoncristiani Family Winery, Patz & Hall,
Judd's Hill, Melka Wines and others.