Craviotto Family

Antonio Craviotto
 
Antonio Craviotto was born in 1825 in Italy. He left Italy at the age of 38 in the hopes of gaining better employment and possibly find gold. Before arriving in Santa Barbara, he traveled throughout Mexico, where he met his wife Delores Buelna, and made it to the Sierra Nevadas to find gold. However, they both decided employment was more practical and moved to Hayward, CA. He worked as a carpenter for ten years. Antonio and Delores decided to move to Santa Barbara in 1869. He was one of the first Italians to come to Santa Barbara in the mid 1800s. Once in the United States, Antonio became a carpenter. He passed away 22 March 1903 in Santa Barbara.
Antonio and Dolores (Buelna) Craviotto
Antonio was one of the first Italian immigrants to arrive in Santa Barbara County.
Courtesy of The Craviotto Family Archives
 
Their son, Frederico "Fred" Craviotto, used to farm land in the Hope Ranch area and had found employment in the grocer industry. He started as a stockman and ended up opening his own market with Levi Beckom called Beckom and Craviotto on East Canon Perdido Street.
 
Fred Craviotto
Courtesy of The Craviotto Family Archives
 
Fred's sons, Fred A. and Erasmo "E.J." Craviotto, became an apprentices to local blacksmiths. In 1915, Fred's son Erasmo "E.J." Craviotto, a 22 year-old blacksmith, opened his own ironworks, Craviotto Brothers, at Anacapa and Ortega Streets. The business was known for fixing buggies, carriages, and later, body work on automobiles; he also designed and built decorative gates for Montecito mansions. In 1958, E.J. retired and let his two sons, Charles and Daniel, take over the day-to-day operations of Craviotto Brothers. What was affectionately called "The Shop" became known for its decorative ironworks, and for designing and installing many of the iron railings throughout Santa Barbara, for over 85 years.
 
Erasmo "E.J." Craviotto
Courtesy of The Craviotto Family Archives
 
Charles and Daniel Craviotto
Courtesy of The Craviotto Family Archives