As an estate planning attorney and hostelry owner, Robert Gordon recognizes the need to promote historic preservation and compatible development in his adopted town of Sutter Creek.
Gordon and his wife Athena lived in Sacramento for many years but visited Amador County frequently to spend time with her family. It was during those visits that they came to love the area and chose to relocate. “We realized that Sutter Creek was a very special place for residents and out-of-town visitors alike,” Gordon said.
They moved here full-time in 2008 when they bought the Hanford House Inn and Gordon set up his law practice in town. Working with his clients on their wills and trusts revealed the need for a community foundation where people could join forces to benefit the unique community that is Sutter Creek.
“As the owner of the Hanford House Inn, I understand that the main tourist attraction is not one particular place or building but the overall historic nature of downtown Sutter Creek,” Gordon said. “As long as we can preserve the town’s character, people will always want to visit Sutter Creek.”
But Gordon notes that in addition to preservation, there are many more opportunities for the Foundation. He hopes to introduce the public to the town’s different historic buildings and interesting walks. “If we build on what we have, we can improve the tax base through tourism and continue to enrich our community assets.”