Blue Wing getting seismic, roof updates

The Blue Wing Inn has been on Patricia Cullinan’s mind for a long time.

A Sonoma native and history lover, Cullinan is a founding member and president of Blue Wing Adobe Trust, a nonprofit formed in 2010 to promote the preservation of it and other historic buildings in town.

“We do have a goal of adaptive reuse as a way of preservation. And that’s very important to us,” Cullinan said on Monday.

As part of its advocacy, the group has been pushing for the state to rehabilitate the Blue Wing, which had a leaky roof – a potentially fatal problem for an adobe – and needs some seismic retrofitting. And this month they got their wish: California State Parks, which owns the structure, has put up scaffolding and begun removal of the old roof, according to State Parks representative Jason Hart.

Before the new roof is put on, crews will make some seismic upgrades that can only be done while it’s off – “Otherwise you have to take the roof off again,” Cullinan said.

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