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Summary for 415 20th AVE / Parcel ID 3319501326 / Inv #

Historic Name: Unknown Common Name:
Style: Vernacular Neighborhood: Central Area
Built By: Year Built: 1930
This house is significant as an example of the work of Italian/American carpenter/contractor Sam Catania. It is an excellent example of early 20th century vernacular housing and it contributes to our knowledge of the architectural and residential development of Seattle. Further evaluation of this house may yield additional informaiton regarding the rich ethnic history of this historically Japanese/American and Italian/American neighborhood. Catania first appears in City Directories as a shipworker in 1919. He is later listed as a carpenter and then contractor, with his own firm in 1930. By 1934 he is listed as a cabinetmaker. His houses evidence the skills of a cabinetmaker. He died ca. 1941.
This is one of approximately eight ca. 1925-1932 brick houses isn this neighborhood attributed to carpenter/contractor Sam Catania. It embodies details characteristic of his houses, which include exceptionally fine construction, polychrome brick often laid in quoin-like patterns, leaded glass windows, tile roofs, textured coatings on wooden window sashes and frames and symmetrical gable entrance porch with classical elements. This particular example no longer has its tile roof and the porch columns have been replaced with wrought iron. Catania lived at 2317 19th Ave S during the period of these houses. He later lived at 1909 Atlantic, the previous address of his co-worker Domenic Christopher who moved to 2356 15th Ave S.

Detail for 415 20th AVE / Parcel ID 3319501326 / Inv #

Status: Yes - Inventory
Classication: Building District Status: INV
Cladding(s): Brick Foundation(s): Unknown
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 Windows: Intact
Changes to Plan: Intact
Changes to Original Cladding: Intact
Changes to Interior: Unknown
Major Bibliographic References
City of Seattle DCLU Microfilm Records.
Polk's Seattle Directories, 1890-1996.
Interview; Mary Grossa, 8/18/1992.
Sanborn (Insurance) Map Company, Seattle, Washington.
Seattle Historic Inventory, Central Area, 1979.

Photo collection for 415 20th AVE / Parcel ID 3319501326 / Inv #

Photo taken Jun 01, 1992
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