Fashion Shop Historical

Fashion Shop Historical (HM1XQK)

Location: Novato, CA 94945 Marin County
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Country: United States of America
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N 38° 6.423', W 122° 33.991'

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800 Grant Avenue

Stephen Porcella's Fashion Shop - a blacksmith shop and iron works - was built circa 1893. This business was named the "Fashion Shop" because Porcella would "fashion a tool to suit the customer."
Pprcella made and repaired iron equipment, built wagons, filed saws, and filled many special orders for ranchers throughout Marin County. He lived modestly at the back of his shop, until he married and built the family home directly behind the shop in 1900.
In 1980, the Fashion Shop and Porcella House were listed on the National Register of Historic Places and in 1984, there was a major reconstruction of the shop, which preserved the original walls and the historic exterior.
The building has had many uses: in the 1960's as "The Fixit Shop," in 1984 as the café "Hotdogs and Apple Pie," and in 1988, as the "Blacksmith's Café." As of 2014, the popular coffee shop and café, "Dr. Insomniac's," occupies the building.
Placed ByNovato Historic Guild
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Monday, April 10th, 2017 at 5:03pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)10S E 538003 N 4217781
Decimal Degrees38.10705000, -122.56651667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 6.423', W 122° 33.991'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 6' 25.38" N, 122° 33' 59.46" W
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Area Code(s)415
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling West
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 804 Grant Ave, Novato CA 94945, US
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