Walker Mansion Inn reopening Memorial Day Weekend
The five-guest room inn, gift shop and café was closed for more than a year for repairs and remodeling after several pipes broke during cold weather in February 2006 causing extensive water damage. Everything had to be removed from the building for mold remediation and the work certified by the State.
“I am thrilled to have it put back together,” said Pretti.
While walls and floors were removed the couple decided to make improvements. Therefore they upgraded the kitchen putting in a new dishwasher, flooring and wall covering. They also remodeled the public restroom and totally gutted and redid the gift shop where Pretti sells home furnishings, antiques and upholstered furniture. New bathtubs and showers were installed in the upstairs bedrooms. Also the dual pain window project was completed.
The broken pipes were discovered when Brian Baggenstos, Pretti’s son, came to Walker Mansion to replace 24 windows as part of an ongoing upgrading and improvement process. When Baggenstos stepped into the house he found water from broken bathroom pipes in the upstairs guestrooms leaking through the ceiling and walls into several rooms.
Although Pretti said the incident was disheartening at the time, it has worked out well. They found many treasures hidden in walls and beneath carpets. For example, photos had indicated the room now used as a home furnishings shop had once had a double set of French doors. The second set of doors was inside the wall and along with them a piece of plywood with instructions signed by the Walkers. An upstairs bedroom now has the original parquet floor, which was under the carpet.
Outside gardens are being planted and benches and chairs placed in tranquil areas where guests at the inn can retreat to rejuvenate.
During the open house Pretti will serve a light complementary buffet. Also two local artists whose work she features will be on hand to talk with visitors. Jacquie Cordova will show some of her work and Gerri Allen, who makes lace and glass lampshade covers and jewelry, will also be there to discuss her art.
Pretti said she and her husband are now able to focus all their attention on Walker Mansion Inn for they sold the Belvedere, a small hotel, bar and café they owned in Santa Rosa.
Walker Mansion Inn was built by Thomas and Eveline Walker, the owners of the Red River Lumber Company and founders of Westwood.
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