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Luisa Del Giudice

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780823257966

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: September 2015

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823257966.001.0001

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A California Detour on the Road to Italy

A California Detour on the Road to Italy

The Hubcap Ranch, the Napa Valley, and Italian American Identity

(p.108) (p.109) A California Detour on the Road to Italy
Sabato Rodia's Towers in Watts

Laura E. Ruberto

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This chapter focuses on the Hubcap Ranch, located in the heart of Pope Valley, near Napa, in the greater San Francisco Bay Area. Constructed by Emanuele “Litto” Damonte, the Hubcap Ranch is one of at least four Italian American site-specific vernacular architecture constructions in California that still exists, at least in part, today. It argues that the Hubcap Ranch reveals a decidedly California Italian American culture and suggests how one man's approach to negotiating his immigrant identity intersects with a larger culture of immigrant-community place making. For Damonte, the Hubcap Ranch seems to have functioned as a middle-landscape, or retreat away from urban San Francisco and away from (and in a sense curiously also back to) rural Italy. As such, the Hubcap Ranch can be reread and thus understood as a creative process of Italian immigrant place making.

Keywords:   Hubcap Ranch, California, Italian American artists, art construction sites, Emanuele Damonte, architecture constructions, immigrant identity, place making

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