We happen to live on Bacigalupi Drive in Belwood of Los Gatos, a classmate of mine at Saratoga High School was a Bacigalupi and I have noticed that one of the old buildings in downtown Los Gatos is the Bacigalupi Building (it houses Mountain Charley’s, I believe – it is in the La Canada or Hofstra block near the corner of Main and North Santa Cruz). So I wondered, who were these people with the hard to pronounce name? (I can say it, but I speak some Italian!)
The Hooked on Los Gatos project includes a page with all the photos in their archives relating to various members of the Bacigalupi clan. Clicking on them leads to more info on each one. Here I found information on James A. Bacigalupi, Sr.
I was very impressed to learn that he was the first president of the Bank of Italy, and then worked with A.P. Giannini to form the Bank of America. (This photo is from approximately 1922. Please click on it to visit the Hooked on Los Gatos site, see a larger image and learn more about the family and the names of others in this image.)
As you probably know, the 1989 Loma Prieta Earthquake did a great deal of damage to many of the older, historic buildings in downtown Los Gatos. The La Canada (Hofstra) block was no exception. The Los Gatos Chamber of Commerce reports on its “walking tour” page that after the quake, that block was restored by the Bacigalupi, Farwell, Brady and VanDalsem families, so we can thank them for their continued love of our town and its history.