Theorem Vineyard's beloved Cole House was featured in the July / August issue of Luxe Interiors and Design Magazine. The article discusses the care that went into our restoration: a Victorian-era masterpiece that simply needed a little love and attention to truly shine. From architect Richard Beard to designer Nicholas Proietti to landscape architect Eric Blasen and horticulturist Silvina Blasen, the renovation was truly a dance of experts and their vision. We believe the final outcome is soulful and timeless—historical elements respected and preserved while brought seamlessly into the modern world.
"It was fun to imagine how we'd peel back the layers of retrofitting," Kisha says. "There were these original elements peeking through. It was amazing that so many were still there."
Victorian Revival"When I drove up to the property, the place looked derelect," says Beard. "But beyond its run-down state was something impressive."
First impressions can be deceiving, something architect Richard Beard found to be true when he originally saw the vineyard in Calistoga, California—complete with historic buildings from the late 1800s—that his clients, Kisha and Jason Itkin, had recently purchased. "When I drove up to the property, the place looked derelect," says Beard. "But beyond its run-down state was something impressive.: The couple had called on the architecct to develop the property to include a winery and a residence, and the direction for the latter began to emerge. "The main house had a classic wraparound porch, and when I went inside, it was as if the interior had been frozen in amber," says the architect. "The floors, walls and ceilings were covered in dark wood, but there were views of the beautiful landscape from almost every room. It was a postcard picture of a Victorian-era farmhouse." Beard, who designed the house while a senior principal at BAR Architects and has since started his own firm, could see its potential. "I knew it was the kind of building that could be designated a historic resource in Napa County," the architect says. "So, I did some sketches and showed the Itkins what they could do with what was there. And they got really excited."
Jason, an attorney, and Kisha, president of the couple's invitation-only winery—named Theorem Vineyards—live full-time in Texas and have been visiting the Napa Valley several times a year for almost nine years. "We've fallen in love with the area," Kisha says. "We love wine and the boutique winery experience. When we decided to purchase a getaway, we looked in Napa for something with a great vineyard soil." Their search yielded the late 19th century property that awed Beard and was originally inhabited by Dr. R. Beverly Cole, a prominent San Francisco physician. "It was fun to imagine how we'd peel back the layers of retrofitting," Kisha says. "There were these original elements peeking through. It was amazing that so many were still there."