West Seattle Italian ‘villa’ considered for landmark status

It was built in the 1930s.

A view of the historic Cettolin house in West Seattle with Italian-inspired columns on the porch surrounded by greenery

The Cettolin house took more than a decade to build.

Photo via Seattle Landmarks Preservation Board

Turn your heads toward a bellesima casa in West Seattle. 🏡

The 83-year-old Cettolin housewhich looks like a quaint Italian villa — has been nominated for landmark preservation, since it may be in the path of future Light Rail construction. 🚈

Built by an Italian immigrant steelworker named Fausto Urbano Cettolin, the three-story home has terrazzo floors and stucco masonry, with grand arches and columns on the front porch.

Besides some light renovations over the years, the original structure has stayed intact as it passed through different owners. Basically, it’s almost like vacationing in Tuscany, without all the jetlag. 🇮🇹

Wanna weigh in on the house’s status? The Seattle Landmarks Preservation Board will discuss the nomination on Wednesday, March 1 at City Hall.

A WebEx link will be available one week before the meeting via the Department of Neighborhoods’s website, or you can write in comments to erin.doherty@seattle.gov by Tuesday., Feb. 28.

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