The collection documents the business activity of Charles Vanina, an architect and contractor who was active in Sacramento
from the early 1900s through the 1960s. During this time, he designed and constructed many public and private buildings. The
collection consists of his original plans, blueprints, drawings, and contracts and agreements.
Charles Leslie Vanina was born January 4, 1897, in Sacramento to Charles A. and Augustine Vanina. He grew up in Sacramento,
then attended the Polytechnic College of Engineering in Oakland. Vanina served as a deputy building inspector for the City
of Sacramento, then enlisted in the 82nd Infantry of the US Army during World War I. He received an honorable discharge after
six months of service and returned home to Sacramento where he joined his father’s architectural contracting firm, renamed
Vanina & Son. The firm was best known for houses, business buildings, and remodels. In 1920, Vanina married Elaine Goodman.
He was a member of the Sacramento Builders’ Exchange, Sutter Club, Rotary Club of Sacramento, Grandfathers Club, Del Paso
Country Club, and Elks Lodge. Vanina lived in Sacramento until he died on November 8, 1970, at the age of 73.
786 drawings, plans, and blueprints; 0.4 linear feet of documents
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