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The Sonoma Cheese Factory

 
 
The Sonoma Cheese Factory Marker image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, January 10, 2009
1. The Sonoma Cheese Factory Marker
Note the California State Flag on the left and the Native Sons of the Golden West logo on the right
Inscription.
This building is dedicated to Celso Viviani,
an Italian immigrant who came to Sonoma, California in 1910
Celso began making cheese in 1921 and started his cheese making business in 1931. He constructed this building in 1944 and opened the cheese factory in 1945. It was a manufacturing plant and a retail store, as it is today. Celso hand made his jack cheese here in the rear of the building. The business is still operated today by the Viviani family.

Dedicated June 8, 2008
By the
NATIVE SONS OF THE GOLDEN WEST
Duane R. Gavin, Grand President

 
Erected 2008 by Native Sons of the Golden West, June 8, 2008. (Marker Number 2008-2.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Native Sons/Daughters of the Golden West marker series.
 
Location. 38° 17.627′ N, 122° 27.47′ W. Marker is in Sonoma, California, in Sonoma County. Click for map. Marker is mounted on the building, across from the Sonoma Plaza. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2 West Spain Street, Sonoma CA 95476, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Swiss Hotel (a few
The Sonoma Cheese Factory image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, January 10, 2009
2. The Sonoma Cheese Factory
steps from this marker); Servants Quarters (within shouting distance of this marker); Toscano Hotel (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Salvador Vallejo Adobe (about 300 feet away); Sonoma Barracks (about 400 feet away); Raising of the Bear Flag Monument (about 400 feet away); The End of the Mission Trail (about 500 feet away); Mission San Francisco Solano Sacred Ground (about 500 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Sonoma.
 
Additional comments.
1. Sonoma Valley Cheese Factory (Sonoma Cheese Factory)
Tom Vella and Calso Vivian formed a partnership in 1931 and made cheese in other Sonoma locations before opening this factory in 1945. The building, designed by Pero D. Canali, is a good example of the Art Moderne style.
Source: Sonoma Walking Tour Brochure
    — Submitted January 13, 2009, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.

 
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Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California. This page has been viewed 1,000 times since then and 96 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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