Fourth Annual Preservation Celebration 2003

Friday November 14th in the historic Bank of America Building

“A Night at the Old Adobe: The Peralta Adobe and its Preservation”

Celebrating San Jose's Oldest Historic Structure, and its preservation team

San Jose was founded in the eighteenth century, but only one eighteenth-century building remains: San Jose’s Historic Landmark #1, the Peralta Adobe. Built in 1797, this small adobe building is the last remnant of the time of the Mexican-ruled Pueblo de San José de Guadelupe.

It was rescued and preserved for the people of San Jose by a dedicated team of preservationists, including Tom McEnery, Leonard McKay, E. Clampus Vitus, the Rotary Club of San Jose, Orchard Supply Hardware, the Stella B. Gross Charitable Fund, the Junior League of San Jose, Inc., Californian Pioneers of Santa Clara County, and many more. We honored the Peralta Adobe Restoration Committee, who in the 1970s were responsible for the preservation and restoration of the last remaining adobe from the Pueblo de San José de Guadalupe

This priceless relic was built in 1797, and served as the home of Luís Maria Peralta and his family. This Spanish soldier owned a land grant that stretched over much of the East Bay, but he preferred to administer it from this humble adobe in San José. The site is now owned and administered by History San José, and a generation of schoolchildren and adults have been enchanted by its lovingly restored interior.

Music by Conjunto Californiaand Fiesta Food prepared by Catered Too

Live Auction Highlights:

Architect Gil Sanchez hosts dinner for 6 on the grounds of the Peralta Adobe
(Contributed by History San Jose)

Pat Loomisleads tour and reception at Oak Hill Cemetery

Tea and Tour of Kotani-en, National register private Japanese Gardens in Los Gatos

Sit in military tanks at Pony Tracksof Portola Valley

Journalist Joe Rodriguezleads a tour of the "Unwalkable City", San Jose

Salvaged 1930' corrugated glass from the Muirson Label Factory

San Jose's"History Detectives"will answer your question

Wine tasting in a private Victorian garden, rare ports and vodkas

Antique furniture including 6 tooled leather chairs and other unique holiday gifts

Theatre artefacts from the Jose Theatre restoration

Many thanks to our Celebration Committee: Jim Zetterquist, Patt Curia, Ellen Garboske, Jim Bunce, Joe Melehan, Bev Blockie, Jacqueline Gittens, Kayla Kurucz, Yolanda Hayes, Judi Henderson, Dawn Hopkins, Bonnie Montgomery, Helen Stevens and Diane Zarate. They worked enormously hard to make the event a success. Many thanks also to Greg Casella of Catered 2, a Lifetime Member of PAC*SJ, who gave us a considerable discount on the venue and food costs.


Dinner for 6 at the Brand's

From left to right: Patt Curia, Franklin Maggi, Patti Phillips, Walter Phillips, Ellen Garboske, Bonnie Montgomery and Maria Brand.  Six lucky PAC*SJ members enjoyed an evening at the lovely Villages home of Maria and Walter Brand, the reward for entering the winning live auction bid. The group sampled hors d’oeuvres, wine and Walter Brand’s unique liqueurs. The authentic 5-course German dinner, prepared and served by Maria and Walter, was accompanied by more wine, liqueurs, and good conversation. The food was excellent, but the highlight of the evening was the Brands’ story: how two Germanborn youths with nothing but a suitcase of clothing met in Hawaii and, after a 4-week whirlwind courtship, married and are now in their 44th year of marriage!