Miniature CityHerman Fayal




Mendocino-Anderson, California, United States

About the Artist/Site

Living in the town of Mendocino, carpenter Herman Fayal paid tribute to his community with a mini-model of the village, displayed in his yard at the Fayal family home on the corner of Kelly and Calpella streets. Fayal was born in Mendocino in 1893, only leaving the seaside hamlet for a few brief years in Napa Valley during the 1940s. Fayal’s miniature Mendocino recreated the village’s mainstreet during the 1970’s, along with other dollhouses, windmills, and dioramas depicting the logging process. The history of Mendocino was a major theme in Fayal’s creations; the logging industry in Mendocino dated back to mid-nineteenth century with Fayal joining the Mendocino Lumber Mill Company where he learned the carpentry trade. The current fate of Fayal’s miniatures is unknown, having been lost to history after Fayal’s death in 1988.

~ Nikki Ranney, 2023



paint, wood

SPACES Archives Holdings

1 folder: images

Map & Site Information

Mendocino-Anderson, California us
Latitude/Longitude: 39.3076744 / -123.7994591

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