BPR PROPERTIES IN June opened a Hampton Inn in a 126-year-old building in Sonoma County, California. The historic landmark in the city of Petaluma was built in 1892 as a silk mill.
Bhupendra B. “B.B.” Patel is founder, president and CEO of BPR Properties based in Palo Alto, California. His son, Perry Patel, and daughter, Rita Parasnis, are partners.
The company began the renovation at the site three years ago, reported The Press Democrat. The project was stalled several times because of construction issues and forces beyond their control, including a rainy spell and last fall’s raging forest fires that destroyed nearby homes and businesses.
The brick building was originally the home of the Carlson-Currier Silk Mill. Its architectural style is Georgian Colonial Revival. In 1986, the building was designated a national historic landmark. Its last industrial occupant was Sunset Line & Twine, which moved into the building in 1940. For six decades, it manufactured fishing line, silk parachutes during World War II, and parachute cords that went on Gemini and Apollo space missions, according to information on BPR’s website. The plant closed in 2006. The building remained vacant until BPR Properties acquired it.
The hotel’s 75 guest rooms have 14-foot high ceilings and exposed brick walls. What was the silk mill’s dye room has been converted into a dining area and bar, which will have beer and wine service for hotel guests and their visitors. Perry Patel said he hopes to be able to get a liquor license to open up the bar locals.
BPR Properties’ portfolio includes six branded hotels and nine independent and soft-branded assets including Hotel Paradox in Santa Cruz, Hotel Shattuck Plaza in Berkeley and Hotel Keen in Palo Alto. B.B. Patel started the family business in 1973 with the purchase of the Varsity Motel in Redwood City, California.