Shortly after writing about going to the movies, I was going through a number of photos that my family donated to the Sonoma County Library’s photograph collection and ran across a good image of the old Speas Distillery that was demolished in the late 1980s. Laguna Park Way now runs through the footprint of the old building (also partially used for a City of Sebastopol parking lot). The former bonded warehouse and future Sebastopol Cinema is located behind the distillery. As a kid, I didn’t pay much attention to the distillery — it was just one more rusting and semi-derelict industrial building at the edge of downtown. Fortunately my father took a few photos of those buildings that are either long gone or have been radically transformed.

Speas Distillery building in 1979 (photo by Hal Skinner)

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