Winehaven

Also known as: Point Molate, Fuel Department, NSCO
Point Molate, Richmond, California

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Winehaven

CONTEXTUAL VIEW OF HOUSING ALONG THE MAIN ROAD, FACING SOUTHEAST

Photo from the Historic American Buildings Survey

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Description 

Winehaven, a complex of 35 buildings constructed between 1907 and 1919, is significant historically and architecturally in the areas of wine production and industrial design. During its 12-year operation, Winehaven was one of the largest (reputable sources say it was the largest) wineries in the world, capable of storing, aging, and bottling millions of gallons of wine. Architecturally, the Winehaven complex represents an unusually intact company town, containing 29 residences, two very large winery buildings, a shipping building, and three support buildings (a power plant, fire house, and warehouse), all dating to the period in which the winery operated. In addition, the winery buildings are unusual and significant examples of fireproof and seismically-reinforced industrial buildings designed in response to the 1906 earthquake in Northern California. -- Historic American Buildings Survey (HABS CA-2658)

National Register information 

Status
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on October 2, 1978
Reference number
78000658
Architectural style
Other architectural type; Teutonic
Areas of significance
Industry; Archeology - Aboriginal; Commerce; Archeology - Non-Aboriginal; Architecture
Level of significance
State
Evaluation criteria
A - Event; C - Design/Construction; D - Information Potential
Property type
District
Historic function
Processing
Current function
Naval facility
Periods of significance
1900-1924; 1875-1899; 1850-1874
Significant year
1908
Number of properties
Contributing buildings: 37

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