A prominent banker and vineyard owner in Napa, California, Edward Churchill had this house built in 1889. The Second Empire was simple in its styling — symmetrical and two stories high. Colonial Revival elements were later added.
When Churchill Manor was occupied by the family, it was the center of Napa aristocratic life. Churchill used his riches to make considerable financial contributions to the early city of Napa as well.
In addition to lying vacant for 20 years, this building has also been used as a space for weddings, events, social and community activities. It was even a nightclub for a short time, which gives me horrors. Hard to imagine a bunch of drunk 20-somethings spilling Long Island Iced Teas and twerking in this magnificent old home.
The house, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, is now a gorgeous B&B.
Edward Churchill built the Cedar Gables mansion for his son in 1890. It’s located just one street away, and we’ll feature it in the coming weeks.