La Grange is one of the oldest communities in the Sierra Foothills, with much history surrounding the gold fields and cattle ranching.
The Louie's Place Saloon and Grill, aka 1897 Saloon, aka La Grange Saloon, aka Levaggi Saloon, is on the National Register of Historic Places.
The L. Levaggi Saloon is an unusual structure, stylistically and technologically. It is an idiosyncratic design for the late 1890's, and may represent the personal flair of the patron. Built to replace a wood saloon that had burned, the building is an early example of the use of concrete construction for socially prominent structures. Concrete was not used with any frequency prior to the early twentieth century; little was known about the medium and when it was employed, it was usually for utilitarian purposes. This building represents one of the earliest attempts to use concrete in a building of architectural pretension. Levaggi paid for the building in one year by selling 86,670 shots of whiskey at 15 cents per shot.
Location: 30048 Yosemite Boulevard, La Grange, CA
Time: 12:00 PM (Noon)
Jay MacDonald is organizing this event.
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