741 Seminary St Napa, CA
Picturesque and steeped in local history, this grand old Victorian lady, built in the Queen Anne style,
awaits your love and appreciation. Its design and detailing demonstrate the epitome of the type of
home that attracted prosperous Napa families at the end of the Victorian era.
Designed by prolific and renowned Napa architect Luther Turton, whose creations include many other
magnificent mansions in downtown Napa, this home was built in 1892 for grocer William Andrews. A
private residence for all its 129 years, William and Annie Andrews’ home has been owned by only a few
families. This is its first time on the market since 1963. According to experts, the home has a wealth of
historic detail and very few alterations. It awaits restoration and a caring personal touch by a new
A striking example of the eclectic elements of a Queen Anne, the Andrews House features an
asymmetrical floor plan, varied roof shapes with slate tiles, different types of siding, a profusion of
extensive hand-turned spindle work, and turned posts with knobs, finials, and molded sunbursts.
Original wavy glass appears in many of the windows.
Because of its architectural significance, the Andrews House in listed in the National Register of Historic
Places. On a prominently situated corner lot in downtown Napa, the property features four bedrooms,
three unique fireplaces, two chimneys, a full basement, spacious attic, a sunny nook off the pantry,
classic front porch and garden space for entertaining. In the kitchen, you’ll find a wonderful vintage
Wedgewood stove. Many of the high ceilings boast elaborate plaster medallions above the chandeliers.
Ornate molding rims the ceilings and the woodwork throughout the property is eye-catching and
beautiful. Gleaming fir flooring flows through both first and second stories. Per City of Napa, the
property is zoned residential and it could also become a Bed and Breakfast establishment. (Buyer to
Like architect Luther Turton, an Englishman who came to America as a child, the original owner, William
(Billy) Andrews was born in Cornwall, England in 1835. He emigrated to the United States as a young
man in 1854, to pursue his trade as a miller. He settled in Napa in 1864 and opened a grocery business
on Second Street in 1878. Construction of the William Andrews exquisite Queen Anne style home in
1892 was a celebration of his success that was welcomed by the neighbors. All hail the Queen!
In 1963, Francis and Evelyn Sanza purchased the property to make a home for themselves and their four
children. The property embraced an exceptionally active family life. Their Queen Anne home was in
need of much TLC. Mrs. Sanza tackled many repairs. Mr. Sanza, a veteran of World War II, was known
as “Jeep”, a name he acquired before becoming General Patton’s driver. He was a salesman beyond
compare. Their two sons did their share of sliding down the grand bannister on the front hall stairway.
Along with that talent, they were very musically inclined, playing many musical instruments. Their older
teenage sisters taught Polynesian dancing in the parlor. Having the pocket doors to close made for easy
privacy. School parties and many festive family gatherings were frequent. Mrs. Sanza’s artistic flair is
reflected in the “jungle room”, “cowboy room”, and “Queen Anne room” upstairs. She was able to have
her sign shop in their basement painting many signs and displays including Stornetta’s Dairy and the
iconic “Welcome to Napa Valley” sign on the St. Helena Highway.
Today, the next generations of Sanzas are having to bid farewell to this gracious lady. Their Queen Anne
style Victorian home of 56 years is waiting to welcome someone to restore portions of this gracious lady
and the property where she stands.
- Type Single Family
- Bedrooms 4
- Bathrooms 3
- Finished Sqft. 2,970
- Non-Finished Sqft. 2,400
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