National Register of Historic Places in Santa Cruz County

National Register #84001195: Madison House in Watsonville 25 August 2005
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National Register #84001195
Madison House
AKA Mitchell Resetar House
335 East Lake
Built 1926

The Madison is significant as the finest example of 1920's Spanish Colonial Revival residential architecture in the local community and is important as a representative late work of noted California architect, William H. Weeks.

The house was commissioned by Mitchell Resetar, a member of an immigrant Yugoslavian family who rose to prominence in the agricultural and commercial development of the Pajaro Valley during the early 20th century. He was one of three brothers who immigrated to Watsonville from the Dalmatian Coast of Yugoslavia from 1904 to 1907. Eventually the three brothers owned and operated numerous farms and orchards, a packing plant, and several buildings on Main Street, including the Resetar Hotel, the largest hotel in Watsonville.

This family was among the first of the prominent native Yugoslavian immigrants that played an important role in the commercial development of early 20th century Watsonville.

Excerpted from the NRHP Nomination.

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