San Jose History
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You may know that the Century Theatres on Winchester are at risk of being demolished as the City explores possibilities to redevelop the site.
Along with our friends at the Retro Dome/Guggenheim Entertainment, we have launched an online petition asking our City leaders to preserve one or all of the Domes and direct the new developer to incorporate the Dome(s) into any proposed development.
Join the many Silicon Valley residents in favor of preserving these historically significant venues. We believe the Domes should be saved and reused, and incorporated into any development proposal. One example of reuse would be preserving Century 22 to provide a home to The Retro Dome, which occupied a sister Dome on Saratoga Avenue but was recently displaced when plans were announced to demolish the former Century 25. A wonderfully historic building would be saved from the wrecking ball and The Retro Dome would be reborn and serve as a home to multiple Silicon Valley-based performing arts groups.
Sign the petition now: Watch for more information as the campaign to Save the Domes moves forward.
The movement to restore the Clock Tower of the San
Jose Museum of Art to its original height is picking up steam.
The clock and the tower of former San Jose Post Office
building were destroyed in the 1906 earthquake. The
restoration, begun in 1908, intended to rebuild the original tower was
cut short - A new clock was installed in a shorter tower but the full
restoration of the tower's height was not completed. Check
out why the clock and the tower are so special to the history
of San Jose, and what you can do to get involved.
You can sign up for email notifications on the city web site:
"The City of San Jose is committed to providing the
opportunities to encourage residents and other interested parties to
follow development activity in their community and to actively
participate in the land use development process.
To this end the City offers an email subscription service where by you
can be informed of recently submitted development applications in your
community. if you sign up for this service, you will receive an email
informing you that the Planning Division has received a development or
permit application located within a given geographic area that you
select. This service provides notification on most planning permits. If
you would like to be noticed via email, choose subscribe and it will
take you to the registration process."
Here's the link: www.sjpermits.org/permits/general/emailform.asp
OK, Smokey didn't say that. But PACSJ may need a
mascot of its own soon. Help prevent the loss of even
more historic structures to fire and vandalism by helping the City
enforce its Vacant Building Ordinance. File an online
on the City's website.
Start here: http://www.sanjoseca.gov/codeEnforcement/
On the left side under "Online Services" click on "Submit an Online Blight Complaint." From there fill out the appropriate information. If enough people file complaints maybe the City will pay attention and work harder to protect these historic resources.
Explore historical downtown San Jose - One
smartphone = 3 walking tours! SJPL has created three walking tours of
downtown San Jose that you can take using your smartphone and your
feet! Go to www.scanjose.org
to see images from the California Room
Collection while standing at the locations that the photographs were
taken. Think of it as a time machine in the palm of your hand!
There are three tours to choose from:
A Walk Around the Plaza - takes you on a loop around Plaza de Cesar Chavez
Tragedies and Calamities - a no holds barred look at some of the tragic events in San Jose history
Old Santa Clara Street - highlights some of the great architecture that has sprung up and come down over the years.
PAC-SJ is looking for a few qualified applicants to be considered for openings on our Board. Help us pursue our mission of preserving the architectural heritage of San Jose and help educate homeowners, developers, and decision-makers about the importance of historic preservation