Third Annual Preservation Celebration 2002

Our annual Preservation Celebration 2002 at the Bankerís Club in the old Bank of Italy (BofA) Building was an outstanding event.  We celebrated historic preservation and preservationists in San Jose while raising funds and awareness for the River Street Historic District.  River Street was once the home of dozens of Italian Immigrants who came to San Jose before the turn of the century to work on farms and orchards of the Santa Clara Valley.

We honored Keith Watt (Friend of Preservation) for his generous support of PAC*SJ over the years, Beth Wyman (Distinguished Preservation Educator) who was concluding over 20 years of teaching urban planning, and Jack Douglas (Distinguished Architectural Historian) for his contributions to the documentation of local architects and building in his numerous writings.

PAC*SJ received a financial boost of over $5,000 from the eveningís silent auction, thanks largely to last minute donations of auction items from member Bill Robson. His gifts of antique flat irons, leaded glass doors and windows, musical instruments and 1930s radios created quite a stir among dueling bidders.

Thanks to all those who donated, those who staffed the event, and our caterer extraordinaire Greg Casella of Catered Too, who underwrote a large portion of the event and provided an outstanding selection of food. The Golden State Ramblers, a local group, drew a crowd with their musical selections.

Councilmembers Cindy Chavez, Forest Williams, Ken Yeager, Chuck Reed and Linda LeZotte were all on hand. Almost a quorum!  Holly Fiala, Western Regional Director for the National Trust for Historic Preservation also spoke at the celebration.  Honorable Paul Bernal, Superior Court Judge, was the Honorary Chair.


John DeVincenzi and Franklin Maggi
Dueling Italian Accordianists


Live Auction Highlights:Historic Towne Theatre Seating,  Oak Hill Cemetery Tour with historian Pat Loomis, Tour of San Jose Muster Team's Antique Fire Engines, Tour of San Jose with historian Leonard McKay followed by Dinner for 4 at Henry's World Famous Hi-Life, Rescued Rosenthal's Grocery Sign (below).

This turn-of-the century grocery sign was uncovered during remodeling at a corner market on 10th & William Streets near San Jose State Univ last winter.