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Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Blacksmith Square in Downtown Livermore

Blacksmith Square Livermore California
Photographed by Kim Giancaterino

Blacksmith Square is a Downtown Livermore Gem
Located at the corner of South Livermore and Railroad Avenues, Blacksmith Square is the perfect starting point for a Livermore Valley wine tasting experience.

The blacksmith shop has been gone for more than 70 years, and the brick buildings accommodated a number of farm equipment and automobile repair businesses up until the close of V&G Mufflers—The Oldest Muffler Company in the Tri-Valley!

I must have walked past the nondescript muffler shop a thousand times while growing up in Livermore. Its brick walls were painted white and the building itself had very few architectural features, unless you count roll-up garage doors.

A major renovation of Blacksmith Square was initiated in November 2004, and occupation of the shops began in the summer of 2006. The buildings were sandblasted, which unveiled locally made red bricks that were installed more than a century before when the original blacksmith shop was constructed.


Blacksmith Square Livermore California

Blacksmith Square
Former occupants of Blacksmith Square include Red Skye Winery, Battaion Cellars, Hidden Creek Wine, Retzlaff Vineyard, Big White House Winery, John Evan Cellars, Thomas Coyne Winery, John Christopher Cellars, and Victorine Valley Farms.

Parking is plentiful, and a number of popular downtown Livermore restaurants, theaters, and shops are within easy walking distance. You can also bring sandwiches or snacks and enjoy a picnic in the airy courtyard, a popular spot for live music and art exhibits throughout the year. Artistic Edge represents more than 45 local and regional artists. Visit often to view the revolving gallery of unique fine art products and gift items.


Books About Livermore (Images of America)
by Livermore Heritage Guild and John Christian

A Pictorial History of Blacksmith Square
Watercolor Illustration by Rich Sigberman (MapCo Marketing)

Blacksmith Square Livermore California

Courtesy of eLivermore.com and Holy Cross Lutheran Church
Map Courtesy of Livermore Valley Wine Map & Visitor's Guide

Swirl on the Square
21 South Livermore Avenue, Suite 105

Swirl on the Square is Livermore's premiere wine and tapas bar, a place to meet friends and enjoy outstanding local wines paired with tantalizing appetizers.
Blacksmith Square Livermore
Photographed by Kim Giancaterino

Livermore Chardonnay
Travel Poster Reproduction

Victorine Valley Farms
Victorine Valley Farms offered a wide variety of olive oil and balsamic vinegar products, along with olive oil soaps, accessories, and gift packages. It was always a pleasure to stop by the tasting room to sample estate grown Livermore Valley olive oil, selected extra virgin olive oils, flavored olive oils, and unique balsamic vinegars.
Victorine Valley Farms
Photographed by Kim Giancaterino

Victorine Valley Farms
Photographed by Kim Giancaterino

Victorine Valley Farms
Photographed by Kim Giancaterino

Victorine Valley Farms
Photographed by Kim Giancaterino

Victorine Valley Farms
Photographed by Kim Giancaterino

Livermore Merlot
Travel Poster Reproduction

Lap Steel at Blacksmith Square


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