Arch Entryway To Little Italy

A door or an arch are both passages that take us from an exterior to an interior space or even into another space in time and history.
It was not too long ago, March 2015, when I was awarded for my participation in the design concept of the arch for the Little Italy in San Jose, CA.
A team of architect, builder, designer, iron worker, stone fabricator, cement layer, lighting designer, investors and many more people in the committee of the Little Italy city project worked at the unison to make this come true. It was a many years effort from all of us volunteering to build something that was in the hearts of older and younger generations of Italians immigrated to this country for the continuation of our culture and traditions, but also as a bridge between other ethnicities of the area.

Little Italy Arch, San Jose, CA

It was a beautiful moment when we finally saw the arch raised and illuminated. That day, a huge celebration in the streets defining the Little Italy area was in order. Many people attended the award ceremony and afterwards they danced in the streets at the tunes of mandolins, accordions, guitars and the voice of the Italian tenor Pasquale Esposito.

Full view of the Little Italy Arch, San Jose, CA

The piazzetta is now full of bricks of various sizes with the name of donors to remember them in the posterity. Since then, we organized grand galas to raise money for the future public works in the area, many merchants established shops, an art & craft festival takes place every August, every October people fill the streets dancing to the sounds of Italian music, eat Italian specialties and feel as if they are in Italy for one day. A Museum of Italian culture is currently being built.

Brick from donors layed in the Little Italy’s piazzetta

Bronze plaque installed on the base of the arch with all the names of professionals participating to the design concept.

The plaque I received at the award ceremony

The plaque I received for my contribution in the design concept of this arch is still in my studio, I see it every day and proudly reminds me that I made a difference in my community together with a lot of other generous and professional people.

Myself celebrating with Italian tenor Pasquale Esposito

It’s always a pleasure to be embraced by the handsome Pasquale Esposito, our Italian tenor.
If you ever have the chance to be in this area, stop by the Little Italy, in San Jose, CA.

Dan Antion offers the opportunity to learn about doors in the world with his Thursday Door Challenge, please visit with us, it’s fun to see various interpretations of doors. Ciao,
Valentina
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Valentina Cirasola is an interior-fashion consultant, author of 6 published books, a storyteller, and a blogger of many years. Her books are non-fictional practical ideas to apply in the home, fashion, cooking and travel.
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11 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. robertawrites235681907
    Oct 17, 2022 @ 05:37:30

    Congratulations, Valentina, on being part of this wonderful design. I super entry for Thursday Doors.

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  2. sustainabilitea
    Oct 15, 2022 @ 23:17:28

    Congratulations on your part of something so special. I’d love to do some food shopping or eating in that area. 🙂

    janet

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  3. Mabel Kwong
    Oct 14, 2022 @ 11:17:12

    What a wonderful achievement and well deserved, Valentina. What an honour. Collective effort over the years is remarkable, and so lovely that the arch and the area brings people together today.

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  4. Gioia Italian
    Oct 14, 2022 @ 02:22:17

    It is truly a work of art and I am so glad that they chose you to design the arch. We are hoping for another at the entry on St John Street so keep your creativity going. Brava, and great picture with Pasquale!!!

    Liked by 1 person

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  5. Dan Antion
    Oct 14, 2022 @ 00:08:40

    That’s a wonderful entrance!

    Liked by 1 person

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