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Our popular Sping/Summer Series Walking Tours are coming up soon.
Tickets for individual tours are $10 for PAC*SJ members and $15 for non-members. To do all three, it is $25 for members and $35 for non-members. You can read more or buy tickets online here. Walk-up registration will be available.
Contact email@example.com if you have any questions.
The Berkeley Architectural Heritage Association (BAHA) will hold its 38th annual Spring House Tour and Garden Reception on Sunday, May 19, 2013, from 1:00 to 5:00 pm. Tour map, illustrated guidebook, and refreshments will be provided. General admission $40; BAHA members $30.
For tour information and reservations, visit the BAHA website, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, or call (510) 841-2242.
Saturday, 12:30 to 4PM. Guests will enjoy touring a majestic Victorian House in Naglee Park while perusing hundreds of hats and a large collection of brand name clothing. Gather friends for a day of vintage hat shopping and wine sipping. Over 200 vintage hats and boxes for sale throughout this fabulous home. Light refreshments will be served.
Tickets are $25 for early admission between 12:30 and 2PM. After 2PM tickets are $15. Wine and cheese reception in the garden for all guests. PURCHASE TICKETS HERE.
Hat prices range from $400 to $4 and funds raised support PAC*SJ’s efforts in preserving San Jose’s architectural history. View some of the hats here.
To donate hats, clothing, art work or vintage housewares or to volunteer, please contact chair-person Patt Curia at email@example.com.
Another successful conclusion to Naglee Park’s spring cleaning madness: over $7000 earned by the 50 volunteers sorting and selling donations during Preservation Action’s Spring Garage and Salvage Sale. So much was donated we used the back yard of a vacationing neighbor to store items until the sale. We received donations from four different estates and we are grateful for being considered by the donors or executors.
The biannual sales events augment PAC*SJ’s revenue but also introduce preservation to a broader community. Several shoppers joined on the spot and two members of the National Trust for Historic Preservation discovered PAC*SJ is a local partner.
The sale lasted 4 days but of course more time was needed to store and sort items. We are grateful to our “members in madness”: the Salas, Wangsness-Liesenfelt, Vandomelen, Mason, and Curia families for storing and displaying the sales items in their front yards. Refreshments were provided or prepared by Jane Guinther, Patti Phillips and some anonymous members. Many thanks to the many volunteers and neighbors for making this event happen!
The Santa Clara County Historical Heritage Commission was established on March 20, 1973. Its purpose is to protect, preserve, and promote the historical and cultural heritage of this county so that this and future generations may know and appreciate the significant historical places, people and events that have been a part of this area of our State and Nation. The Commission is composed of 11 members, appointed by the Board of Supervisors, with a term of four years. They act in an advisory capacity to the Board in the preservation, protection, enhancement and perpetuation of resources of architectural, historical and cultural merit within Santa Clara County.
The Commission is currently seeking an appointee who lives in District 4. Those wishing to join the Commission should have a demonstrated interest, competence or knowledge in historic preservation. The appointment is for an existing 4-year term that expires on June 30, 2013, after which the appointee is eligible for another 4-year term.
If you are interested in applying, please contact Michelle Collins in my office at (408) 299-5040 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
In fact, we sold out two days before the tour. Over 700 tickets were sold, with many visitors coming from all over the bay area and even from the central valley to view the San Jose Prairie houses. We were surprised and thrilled to discover that there are so many Prairie Style enthusiasts -- some who came wearing their Frank Lloyd Wright T-shirts. We received many positive comments and some requests for another tour.
PAC*SJ thanks the Chair of the Prairie Homes Tour and Gala, Krista Van Laan, and the committee for the long preparation and hard work to make this major effort a great success. We are grateful to the homeowners who graciously opened their homes to show the world the beauty of the Wolfe & Wolfe homes. We also thank the many other volunteers, docents, sponsors, supporters and the many visitors who walked through these wonderful houses.
Visit www.frankdeloswolfe.com for more on the Prairie-style architecture of San Jose’s own Frank Delos Wolfe and his son Carl.
Are you a Facebook member interested in getting local news
more quickly? "Like" Preservation Action
Council on Facebook.
(1) Search for Preservation Action Council. (2) Select the one
Organization. (3) Like it.
When important things happen, you will get a message. If you want to share a preservation story, you can write on the wall and share a picture or a link.
OK. Smokey didn't say that, but PACSJ may need a
mascot of it's 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.
George was an accomplished architect, published author, public
avid researcher and friend. In his career, George took great pride in
his architectural work and
helping his clients accomplish their goals for their family homes. He
was an acknowledged scholar on Frank Lloyd Wright and the expert on
Frank Delos Wolfe. He treasured his clients, business and historical
preservation associates and loved the work they did together. More on George's work.
Preservation Action Council has created the George Espinola Memorial Fund and is now receiving tax deductible donations to preserve his architectural legacy and to continue his educational interests. Funds may be used to encourage printing his books, educational tours, research into the works of his favorite architects and more. Please take this opportunity to support George's efforts to educate the community about San Jose's architecture.
Checks, payable to Preservation Action Council of San Jose, may be sent to: PAC-SJ, History Park, 1650 Senter Road, San Jose, CA 95112. Please indicate the donation is for the George Espinola Memorial Fund. PAC*SJ is a 501 c 3 non profit organization and donations are tax deductible as permitted by law. Donate via PayPal here
Well this is pretty cool. A modern way to check out history in Silicon Valley. Just download the $1.99 app for your iPhone/ iPad and get a digital tour guide to Silicon Valley's historic sites. There are currently 125 sights -- key attractions include the birthplaces of the computer chip, disk drive, video games, video recorder, Ethernet, Apple, Google, HP, and numerous other important gizmos and corporations. SiliconValley.com article here
Signposts Revisited is now
This new publication combines author Pat Loomis' previous two books, Signposts and Signposts II and tells the stories of how our streets were named. Signposts Revisited is a must-read for anyone interested in local history. The book is a combined project of PAC-SJ, California Pioneers of Santa Clara Valley, History San Jose, and the Argonauts Historical Society.
Signposts Revisited is available through the PAC-SJ office for $25. If you would like the book mailed, please add $3 for shipping and handling. Call the office at 408.998.8105 or email: email@example.com to place an order. The books will also be available at all of our events.
The book is also available as a premium to new and renewing
PAC-SJ members who JOIN
at the $100+ level.
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