The Air Base Laundry or Tied House at 954 Villa St echoes famous Hamburg Warehouse district architecture.
Update Aug 12, 2017: this is one of two historical treasures that were slated to be destroyed . . .
TIED HOUSE 964 Villa Street was completed in 1931 for the “State of The Art” Air Base Laundry Company.
The Building was typical of 19th century brick warehouse styles that were popular in Europe. Mountain View had many German immigrants at the time and this building echoes the architecture of the famous Hamburg Warehouse district that was built in the late 1800’s. It is reasonable to assume that this reinforced concrete structure with its classic brickwork reminded the early settlers of Mountain View of their homeland, while combining it with local materials typically found in Mission style architecture.
The Airbase Laundry opens….
Airbase Laundry announcement in the MV Register-Leader, July 31, 1931
964 Villa Street is still situated on the street in the same manner it was in 1931 as shown in a period photo. A pair of wood doors that are highlighted by a recessed arch provided a distinct entrance. Iron mullioned windows flank the doorway in the typical warehouse style of this era. Inside, the double height space was practical for the use of large equipment and ventilation. The roof is made of durable Spanish tiles that were both functional and beautiful.
This building now houses the Tied House Restaurant that opened in 1987. The Restaurant is based on the German concept of microbreweries that are “tied” to the restaurant and include serving food.
964 Villa provides Mountain View Residents with a glimpse of the town’s rich history and early immigrants. It is one of the first brick structures built in Mountain View and is exceptional because it is still standing in its original location.