416 East D Street, Petaluma, CA 94952
Located in mid-town Petaluma, just
across the river from historic downtown.
Preferred Sonoma Caterers' home is a
circa 1911 building that has been attentively renovated with an eye
toward preserving its historic charm, while providing a completely
modern and energy efficient catering facility. The building's
facade and windows were all restored. Inside you may notice the
original redwood wall and ceiling in the showroom, or the slightly
later era bead board wall and ceiling in the office, and the
original wood floor throughout. And what you can not see is just as
good, the frame is entirely redwood, including 12x12 clear heart
beams for the upper foundation.
We are the proud recipients a
Petaluma Heritage Homes award for the restoration work. We
undertook this project simply because we love Petaluma and its old
buildings and it was the image we wanted for our company. The award
was unexpected; it was a joy to have all our hard work recognized.
Thank you Heritage Homes.
The building has had a rich
history, being occupied almost continuously, having hosted a wide
variety of Petaluma businesses including a clothes cleaning and
dying company, a chicken incubator factory, a vending machine
service, a furniture rental store, a carpet and drapery company, and
finally a saddle shop before becoming a catering company. And rumor
has it that a fair number of smaller undocumented businesses also
resided in parts of building, including a bookie.
originally writing this we have met the daughter (Lorraine Byce
Skoog) of the owner of the incubator factory, who was able to fill
us in a few more details. The factory was the "Petaluma Electric
Incubator Factory" owned by Elwood Byce (not to be confused with the
Petaluma Incubator Factory which was owned by Lorraine's grand
father). It was here from 1938 to 1955. We welcome any other
information or photos of our buildings past.
Jim & Amber