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Downtown Commercial District

The San Jose Downtown Commercial Historic District, listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1983, is composed of both architecturally and historically significant buildings. Dating from the 1870s to the early 1940s, the district represents the remaining vestiges of the late nineteenth and early twentieth century commercial structures in the downtown. The area continues to serve as a major financial, commercial center for San Jose. The district is composed of two city blocks located between East Santa Clara Street to the north, East San Fernando Street to the south, South Third Street to the east and South First Street to the west. The district continues on the south side of East Santa Clara between South Third and South Fourth Streets. District boundaries were determined by the historical limits of the downtown, architectural quality, and intrusion factors. Structures on adjacent blocks were not included as demolition and new construction has undermined the area's historical and architectural integrity.

The west side of South Third Street defines the district's eastern boundary, running between East Santa Clara and East San Fernando Streets. Lack of historical associations with the City's core and recent demolition eliminates the east side of South Third Street from the district. The north side of East San Fernando Street between South Third Street and South First Street defined the district's southern boundary. South First Street confines the western edge of the district and is immediately adjacent to the 1797 location of El Pueblo de San Jose de Guadalupe. East Santa Clara Street between First Street and Fourth Street delineates the district's northern boundary. Intrusions mar the northern side of East Santa Clara Street confining the district to the south side of the street.

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