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Emanuele "Litto" Damonte, Litto’s Place (Hub Cap Ranch)

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About the Artist/Site

Emanuel “Litto” Damonte was born in Arenzano, near Genoa, Italy. In 1907, his father, a marble worker, was hired to work on the Memorial Church at Stanford University, and he brought his young son with him to Palo Alto, California. The rest of the family later joined them and they settled in San Francisco.

During the Great Depression, Damonte married and raised ten children. He worked in San Francisco as a cement contractor and tile setter. In 1941 he bought property in Pope Valley, Napa County, for weekend and holiday retreats with his family. When he retired in the mid-1940s, they moved there permanently.

Around 1957, Damonte began collecting hubcaps, eventually decorating his property with more than 2,000 of them. He found many along the road and also welcomed donations, which he carefully arranged. He hung them from trees, decorated the garage and tool shed doors, and added them to fences and cement curbs. Over time the property became known as “Hubcap Ranch,” with a sign at the entrance to the driveway proclaiming it the home of “Litto, the Pope Valley Hubcap King.”

In May 1981 Damonte’s property received recognition as a California State Registered Landmark. Since his death in 1985, Damonte’s grandson has lived on the site, maintaining his grandfather’s art environment, and even adding new elements as inspiration dictates.

~Seymour Rosen /Jo Farb Hernández

SPACES Archives Holdings

Photographic prints, slides and negatives, field Survey (1984), correspondence, clippings



Related Documents

Letter to La Haye Bronze from Sandra J. Elder, CA State Historical Resources Commission, 3/3/1987

Plaque description for Litto’s Hubcap Ranch

Field Survey Form, 7/1/1984

Letter to SPACES/Seymour Rosen from Emanuele Damonte, 4/10/1985

Letter to Carol Lyon from SPACES/Seymour Rosen, 5/8/1987

Letter from Clinton Hulse to SPACES/Seymour Rosen, 4/30/1987

info about “A tribute to Litto” exhibit

Letter to Clinton Hulse, Napa County Museum Association from SPACES/Seymour Rosen, 4/24/1987

business card for Clinton Hulse

business card for Clinton Hulse

Letter to SPACES/Seymour Rosen form Clinton Hulse, Napa County Museum Association, 4/9/1987

Letter to Peggy Klick, Napa County Museum Association from SPACES/Seymour Rosen, 3/11/1987

Letter to La Haye Bronze from Sandra J. Elder, CA State Historical Resources Commission, 3/3/1987

Invoice from La Haye Bronze to CA Dept of Park and Recs, 3/4/1987

Letter to SPACES/Seymour Rosen from Sandra J. Elder, CA State Historical Resources Commission, 9/24/1986

Letter to SPACES/Seymour Rosen from Sandra J. Elder, CA State Historical Resources Commission, 4/2/1985

Letter to Emanuele N. Damonte, Jr from SPACES/Jocelyn Gibbs, 9/2/1986

Letter to Sandra J. Elder, CA Dept of Parks and Rec from SPACES/Seymour Rosen and Jocelyn Gibbs, 9/2/1986

Letter to SPACES/Jocelyn Gibbs from Emanuele Damonte, 8/21/1986

Letter to SPACES/Jocelyn Gibbs from Emanuele Damonte, 3/26/1986

Letter to Emanuele N. Damonte from SPACES/Jocelyn Gibbs, 2/27/1986

Letter to Emanuele N. Damonte from SPACES/Jocelyn Gibbs, 3/21/1986

Letter to Wally Cox, Pacific Union College from SPACES/Seymour Rosen, 9/22/1985

business card for Emanuele N. Damonte

bio of Litto Damonte

various notes about Litto Damonte

various notes about Litto Damonte

various notes about Litto Damonte

bio of Litto Damonte

questions about Litto Damonte

letters to Mr. and Mrs. Damonte and Mike ? From SPACES/Seymour Rosen, 11/1985

Letter to John Carson from SPACES/Jocelyn Gibbs, 5/29/1985

Letter to SPACES/Seymour Rosen from Sandra J. Elder, CA State Historical Resources Commission, 9/12/1985

Letter to SPACES/Seymour Rosen from Emanuele Damonte, 8/14/1985

Letter to Emanuele Damonte from SPACES/Susan Alderson Hoffman, 5/20/1981

Letter to SPACES/Seymour Rosen from Sandra J. Elder, CA State Historical Resources Commission, 12/11/1984

Minutes of the State Historical Resources Commission, 2/1/1985

Letter to Emanuele Damonte from SPACES/Seymour Rosen, 11/8/1984

Letter to Marion Mitchell-Wilson, CA Dept of Parks and Rec from SPACES/Seymour Rosen, 10/30/1984

postcard for “Tribute to Litto” exhbition, 2/22/1987

Letter to SPACES/Seymour Rosen from Peggy Klick, Napa County Museum Association, 3/3/1987

The Dreambuilders of CA, 1984

Minutes of the State Historical Resources Commission, 5/10/1985

bio and bibliography for Litto Damonte and Litto’s Hubcap Ranch, 8/9/1985

Map and site information

6654 Pope Valley Rd
St Helena, California, United States
Latitude/Longitude: 38.640921 / -122.451464

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