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Summary for 1832 S Dearborn ST S / Parcel ID 1927300045 / Inv #

Historic Name: Unknown Common Name:
Style: Vernacular Neighborhood: Central Area
Built By: Year Built: 1930
This house is significant as representative of the work of Sam Catania, Italian/American, carpenter/contractor. It contributes to our knowledge of vernacular architecture and residential development in Seattle. It and its setting contribute to the historic streetscape. Further evaluation of this house may yield additional information about 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 subsequently appears 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 is one of approximately eight ca. 1925-1932 brick houses in this neighborhood that may be associated with 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. Catania lived at 2317 19th Avenue South during the period of these houses. He later lived at 1909 Atlantic, the previous address of his coworker, Domenic Christopher who moved to 2356 15th Avenue South.

Detail for 1832 S Dearborn ST S / Parcel ID 1927300045 / Inv #

Status: Yes - Inventory
Classication: Building District Status: INV
Cladding(s): Brick Foundation(s): Unknown
Roof Type(s): Gable Roof Material(s): Clay Tile
Building Type: Domestic - Single Family Plan: Rectangular
Structural System: Unknown No. of Stories: one
Unit Theme(s): Architecture/Landscape Architecture, Ethnic Heritage
Changes to Windows: Intact
Changes to Plan: Intact
Changes to Interior: Unknown
Changes to Original Cladding: 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 1832 S Dearborn ST S / Parcel ID 1927300045 / Inv #

Photo taken Jun 01, 1992
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