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Naglee Park

This residential neighborhood located just east of the San Jose State University campus is bounded by Eleventh Street on the west, Coyote Creek on the east, East Santa Clara Street on the north, and East William Street on the south. The 140-acre area was the estate of General Henry M. Naglee, a veteran of the Civil War. After his death, the General's heirs sold off the property, under the guidance of famed San Jose real estate developer T.S. Montgomery. Construction of buildings probably began around 1904. Close proximity to the Central Business District and the University made Naglee Park a desirable place to live, and here most of San Jose's civic- and business-minded citizens resided during the early 1900s. Many of these homes were designed by architects. Today, the neighborhood is undergoing a transition; the recent down zoning of residential density has encouraged new families to move into the area. Rehabilitation and restoration activity is evident throughout the neighborhood.

Architecturally, the area has many fine early twentieth-century homes built in a variety of styles. Naglee Park is an excellent example of the evolution of house design from the early 1900s through the bungalow era, culminating with the Spanish Colonial Revival styles of the early twenties.

Because the neighborhood streets have remained virtually unchanged by new development over the years, the architecture of the area has good visual integrity. Few intrusions of incompatible design mar the neighborhood with the exception of the northern periphery where expansion of new office construction has intruded into Naglee Park.

Naglee Park appears to meet all the criteria for listing on the National Register of Historic Places as a district.

Naglee Park History