JCB is also very present in Sonoma with Buena Vista, the oldest winery in Sonoma.
“Some historic buildings, like the Depot, have a charm and resonance that cannot be recreated. More than just creating new buildings, we can add to a place’s legacy by telling historical stories and connecting to the authenticity of the place, ”said Egan.
Boisset has cultivated the same type of presence and imprint in his native Burgundy, France, where he owns properties in each of the villages in the region.
“France is exciting because you can go and see centuries-old buildings, like the Palace of Versailles,” said Boisset. “We are the shareholders of the vision of the next generation. (Preservation) is important especially in the United States, a younger nation, for the younger generations to come.
Boisset and his team visited the Sharpsteen Museum in Calistoga, buying books on the history of the city and its founder, Sam Brannan, and arranging pictures to recreate the Depot experience. “They’ve been extremely supportive and very, very helpful,” Egan said.
The Calistoga Depot is the second oldest train station in California. The Merchant family, owners of the nearby Indian Springs Resort, purchased the Depot in 2016. Over the years, the building and adjacent train cars have housed various businesses, including the Wine Stop and Palisades Deli. For about a year, however, the property has remained almost empty. Last year, with the intention of turning the depot into a restaurant, the merchants arranged for a historic wagon to be removed from inside the property and kept in the Train Museum in Sacramento.