s
s
Sections
Sections
Subscribe
You've read 5 of 15 free articles this month.
Support local journalism and get unlimited access to PressDemocrat.com, the eEdition and our mobile app, all starting at 99 cents per month.
Already a subscriber?
You've read 10 of 15 free articles this month.
Support local journalism and get unlimited access to PressDemocrat.com, the eEdition and our mobile app, all starting at 99 cents per month.
Already a subscriber?
You've read all of your free articles this month.
Support local journalism and get unlimited access to PressDemocrat.com, the eEdition and our mobile app, all starting at 99 cents per month.
Already a subscriber?
We've got a special deal for readers like you.
Support local journalism and get unlimited access to PressDemocrat.com, the eEdition and our mobile app, all starting at 99 cents per month.
Already a subscriber?
Thanks for reading! Why not subscribe?
Support local journalism and get unlimited access to PressDemocrat.com, the eEdition and our mobile app, all starting at 99 cents per month.
Already a subscriber?
Want to keep reading? Subscribe today!
Ooops! You're out of free articles. Starting at just 99 cents per month, you can keep reading all of our products and support local journalism.
Already a subscriber?

The building was deemed unsafe in 2000. Renovation costs, including earthquake retrofitting, electrical rewiring and foundation work, are estimated at about $1.5 million.

Assistant City Manager Scott Brodhun said the city is still holding approximately $170,000 in a donation account for the building.

Brodhun said there are no new plans for the building. However, some city council members have considered increasing the city's transient occupancy tax, which could help pay for future renovations.

The Red Barn

Danish immigrant Niels Christian Scott purchased the 134-acre ranch on the corner of D Street and Windsor Drive in 1915, after arriving in California 15 years earlier. Scott contracted the remodeling of every building and fence on the ranch, including the two-and-a-half story red barn. Upon Scott's death in 1941, an article in the Petaluma Argus-Courier stated that the Scott Ranch was one of the "model places in the county."

The property was passed onto Scott's son, Arnold, a lifelong Petaluman. Arnold Scott owned the ranch until his death in 1999, at which point he left the property to the University of the Pacific, where he had received a degree in sociology.

The Scott Ranch was purchased by Walnut Creek developer Davidon Homes in 2004 for $7.8 million, as part of a luxury home development. The developer's original proposal, submitted that same year, called for 104 single-family residential homes. The plan has since been scaled back to a maximum of 66 homes, and includes two options for the historic structure.

One option, at 66 homes, would involve the relocation and rehabilitation of the historic red barn across the creek. A second option, with a total of 63 homes, would preserve the red barn and two related outbuildings in place.

Rinehart hopes that the barn will be left where it's always been, since transporting such an old structure has proved to be a difficult task in the past. The city has yet to take any action on the revised Davidon project.

The Hansen House

The historic Hansen House, located along North McDowell Boulevard, was built in 1906 by Danish immigrants Hans and Anna Marie Hansen. Upon settling in Petaluma, the couple purchased 23 acres of land on North McDowell to launch their chicken ranch, which was, at that time, on the outskirts of town.

The Hansen House once served as a de facto community center for Danish immigrants, but since its heyday, the house has sat neglected along the roadside. After being designated as a local landmark last summer, the city's planning commission approved a housing project on the land, North McDowell Commons, a 34-unit rental subdivision, as long as the house was preserved.

Santa Rosa developer Hugh Futrell has incorporated the rehabilitation of the house into his subdivision plans, and preservationists like Rinehart are hopeful the renovations will go as planned.

(Contact Allison Jarrell at al lison.jarrell@arguscourier.com)