Saving The Heart of Geyserville
The town of Geyserville needs your help to save the iconic Odd Fellows Hall, at the intersection of Highway 128 and Geyserville Avenue. The Hall, a two-story, brick building built in 1900 by the Feldmeyer Family, is in need of a structural retrofit. This building, The Heart of Geyserville, is the home of a popular Italian restaurant, a wine shop, a local bar, and upstairs the Odd Fellows Hall, a meeting place for community members since 1905. With a strong resurgence of energy during the past few years, Odd Fellows Hall members have initiated many fundraising events that have benefited the local schools, sports programs, and fire department; as well as, responded in action to residents in need. All are invited to the annual benefit Jiggs & Maggie Corned Beef and Cabbage Dinner on Saturday, March 19, 5 – 8 pm, where the Earthquake Retrofit Project will be introduced.
Although the brick building survived the 1906 earthquake and steel rods were put in as reinforcements, it still lacks modern-day structural reinforcements. Recently the news told of a new seismic threat to our area, that already includes the San Andreas, Roger’s Creek, and the Healdsburg faults. This new threat called the Cascadia Fault system runs from British Columbia to Cape Mendocino and is capable of an eight-point earthquake. It has potential to do damage as far away as Sacramento and is around one hundred years overdue. After the Napa earthquake, the members of the Geyserville Odd Fellows Hall hired a structural engineer to draw up plans for an earthquake retrofit to the building. The job has been taken out to bid, with a goal set of raising $500,000 to get the job done.
Geyserville residents value this building from the past and want to see it preserved for future generations’ use. To provide financial benefits to donors, the Geyserville Community Foundation, a non-profit 501c3, has joined the community campaign. All donors will be recognized and all donations are tax deductible. A donation link can be found at www.geyservillecommunityfoundation.org. Please join us in saving The Heart of Geyserville by contributing to this Earthquake Retrofit Project.
To help save The Heart of Geyserville, our fundraising campaign is selling the following structural components to fit everyone’s pocket book:
- ST Straps @ $100
- Washers @ $250
- Braces @ $500
- Floor Anchors @ $1,000
- Columns @ $5,000
- Movement Frames @ $15,000
- Collector Beam @ $25,000
- Walls @ $50,000
All donors will graciously be recognized. Remember donations are tax-deductible. Checks should be notated Earthquake Retrofit Project and sent to:
Geyserville Community Foundation
ATTN: Earthquake Retrofit Project
P.O. Box 593
Geyserville, CA 95441
Or donate online at www.geyservillecommunityfoundation.org.