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Summary for 2001 S Charles ST S / Parcel ID 7128300350 / Inv #

Historic Name: Grossa, Camile House Common Name:
Style: Vernacular Neighborhood: Central Area
Built By: Year Built: 1928
This house is an excellent example of the work of Italian/American carpenter/contractor, Sam Catania. It contributes to our knowledge of the architectural and residential development of Seattle and it and its setting contribute to the historic streetscape. The history of this house and its owners enhances our knowledge of therich ethnic history of this traditionally Japanese/American and Italian/American neighborhood. This house was built for Camile Grossa, an Italian/American immigrant who came to Seattle ca. 1920. He worked as a construction laborer and bought an older house at this location. The Fioreta Brothers Contractors demolished the old house so that this hosue could be built in 1928. The upstairs bathroom was an "innovation" that Grossa insisted upon. The bathtub from the old house is in this bath. Catania first appears in City Directories as a shipworker in 1919. He is later listed as a carpenter and then contractor with his own company by 1930. By 1934 he is listed as a cabinetmaker. His houses evidence the skills of a cabinetmaker. He died ca. 1941.
This house was built by carpenter/contractor, Sam Catania in 1928. It embodies the distinctive characteristics of his houses including exceptionally fine construction, polychrome brick often laid in patterns, leaded glass windows, textured coatings on wood window sashes and frames, textured stucco detail, and muted pink, brown, beige and rose colors including stained mortar joints.

Detail for 2001 S Charles ST S / Parcel ID 7128300350 / Inv #

Status: Yes - Inventory
Classication: Building District Status: INV
Cladding(s): Brick, Stucco Foundation(s): Concrete - Poured
Roof Type(s): Gable Roof Material(s): Asphalt/Composition
Building Type: Domestic - Single Family Plan: Rectangular
Structural System: Unknown No. of Stories: one & ½
Unit Theme(s): Architecture/Landscape Architecture, Ethnic Heritage
Changes to Plan: Intact
Changes to Interior: Intact
Changes to Original Cladding: Intact
Changes to Windows: Intact
Major Bibliographic References
City of Seattle DCLU Microfilm Records.
Polk's Seattle Directories, 1890-1996.
Sanborn (Insurance) Map Company, Seattle, Washington.
Seattle Historic Inventory, Central Area, 1979.
Interview with Mary Grossa 8/18/1992.

Photo collection for 2001 S Charles ST S / Parcel ID 7128300350 / Inv #

Photo taken Jun 01, 1992

Photo taken Jun 01, 1992

Photo taken Jun 01, 1992
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