Have you ever driven up the 101 between Novato and Petaluma? If you answered yes, then chances are you have seen the Birkenstock building with its pointy roof.
I can remember driving by in the mid 90s on the way to visit a friend at Sonoma State and admired the unique building. The building is quite an eye-catcher.
If I recall correctly, I was wearing my grey Birkenstocks for the drive. In those days I rarely took them off. I thought about how heavenly it would be to have access to that building and all the Birkenstocks inside. Funny thing is that I still feel the same way today. The building is a warehouse with a separate office building in the back. Unfortunately, Birkenstock does not sell its shoes out of the Novato Office.
Last week I found myself on Redwood Blvd in Novato less than 1 mile from the Birkenstock building. At the time, I had already decided that I was going to blog on Birkenstocks. I decided it was essential to take a detour and get a picture of the Birkenstock building, up close, for my blog.
Here is a photo of the building:
In the past, I had only seen the building from the freeway. I have never driven along the frontage road and seen this building up close. It is more massive than I anticipated. Can you image all the glorious shoes hidden away in this iconic building? Ahhhh…