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Toscano Hotel

 
 
Toscano Hotel Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Syd Whittle, January 10, 2009
1. Toscano Hotel Marker
Inscription. Original construction of store, library and dwelling which forms nucleus of this building in 1852 by Nathansons on land previously owned by Vallejo, this property was leased by Leiding to McKeague in 1877 and remodeled to become Eureka Hotel. 1886 Septimo Ciucci and Leonido Quartarolli acquired lease, changing name to the Tuscano Hotel. Local usage has altered spelling.
Dedicated June 13, 1982
NATIVE SONS OF THE GOLDEN WEST
Joseph Ursino, Grand President

 
Erected 1982 by Native Sons of the Golden West, June 13, 1982.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Native Sons/Daughters of the Golden West marker series.
 
Location. 38° 17.622′ N, 122° 27.415′ W. Marker is in Sonoma, California, in Sonoma County. Click for map. Marker is mounted on the front of the building. The site ls located across from the Sonoma Plaza. Marker is at or near this postal address: 20 East Spain Street, Sonoma CA 95476, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Sonoma Barracks (within shouting distance of this marker); Servants Quarters (within shouting distance of this marker);
Toscano Hotel Photo, Click for full size
By Syd Whittle, January 10, 2009
2. Toscano Hotel
Raising of the Bear Flag Monument (within shouting distance of this marker); The End of the Mission Trail (within shouting distance of this marker); Mission San Francisco Solano Sacred Ground (within shouting distance of this marker); The Sonoma Cheese Factory (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Mission San Francisco Solano (about 300 feet away); Swiss Hotel (about 300 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Sonoma.
 
Also see . . .
1. The Toscano Hotel. Built in 1851, the building now known as the Toscano Hotel is the oldest commercial wood-frame structure in Sonoma and has a colorful history. In its early years, the building served many different purposes including warehouse, general store, and lending library. In 1886 an Italian immigrant from Tuscany, Settimo Cuicci and his partner, L. Quartaroli, rented the building and turned it into a working man's hotel (the Toscano, which means-man from Tuscany) to accommodate Italian immigrants who were hired to quarry basalt out of the hills behind the hotel. The basalt blocks were used to
Toscano Hotel Photo, Click for full size
By Syd Whittle, January 10, 2009
3. Toscano Hotel
pave the streets of San Francisco. (Submitted on January 13, 2009, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.) 

2. The Toscano Hotel. (Submitted on January 13, 2009, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.)
 
Additional comments.
1. Nathansonís General Store (Toscano Hotel)
This large, two-story wood frame building is of early California style and features overhanging second story open balcony with simple Greek Revival details. The building has considerably altered by the Dept. of Parks and Recreation, which now owns it.
Originally built by Mrs. Dorothea Nathanson as a general store and lending library with materials from the saw mill that was set up for the local Methodist Church that was then being built. It was bought by C.F. Leiding in 1867 and later housed several types of businesses before becoming the Toscano Hotel in 1886. Toscano means “man from Tuscany,” the northern Italian province from whence the proprietors, Ciucci and Quartaroli came. The last owner of the hotel was Mrs. Amelia Ciucci Walton who sold it to the State in 1957; restoration began in 1967. In 1972, the Sonoma League for Historic Preservation provided furnishings for the building and established an on-going interpretative docent program for
The Bar at the Toscano Hotel Photo, Click for full size
By Syd Whittle, January 10, 2009
4. The Bar at the Toscano Hotel
the viewing public.
    — Submitted January 13, 2009, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.

 
Categories. Notable BuildingsNotable PlacesSettlements & Settlers
 
Toscano Hotel Museum Display Photo, Click for full size
By Syd Whittle, January 10, 2009
5. Toscano Hotel Museum Display
Toscano Hotel Museum Display Photo, Click for full size
By Syd Whittle, January 10, 2009
6. Toscano Hotel Museum Display
Hotel Annex Photo, Click for full size
By Syd Whittle, January 10, 2009
7. Hotel Annex
(Dept. of Parks & Recreation Office)
Built originally as a saloon on the street in front of the Indian Servants' Quarters, it was then one-story. In 1903, Settimo Ciucci purchased the building and moved it to its present location where it was raised up and a first story was built under it. It had nine guest rooms.
(Located behind the Toscano Hotel)
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California. This page has been viewed 969 times since then and 63 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on , by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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