Meet PAC*SJ's new Executive Director
We are pleased to announce the selection of the new Executive Director of Preservation Action Council of San Jose (PAC*SJ). Ben Leech has been highly recommended for his strength in advocacy, a particularly important talent in present-day San Jose. His fascination with history and with architecture took him to a career in historic preservation. His wife’s move to a new job in Silicon Valley brought him here. This magical combination led Ben Leech to PAC*SJ. More...
Sunset Magazine Art Posters for sale
We are currently selling large format, high quality posters celebrating 100 years of Sunset magazine. Choose from 18 different prints highlighting the years from 1898 to 1998. $22 each (includes tubed shipping cost of $7). Most are 20 inches x 30 inches. The two Native American themed prints are $47 each, including shipping.
These posters were printed by Lane Publishing Company several years ago and recently donated to PAC*SJ. Join or renew your membership at the $100 level and receive one free.
PAC*SJ to Help Fund Pallesen Building Restoration
On February 4, 2020, City Officials, Staff and the community gathered for the presentation of a $10,000 ceremonial check by PAC*SJ to non-profit home builder Habitat for Humanity East Bay/Silicon Valley. The donation will provide initial funding for the restoration of the Wolfe & McKenzie-designed Pallesen Building, a four-unit Mission Revival Style apartment house now slated to be moved and renovated as an affordable housing project at a new downtown location.
The building’s current location at 8 East Reed Street is ground zero for developer KT Urban’s 27-story Garden Gate project. In order to avoid demolition of the Pallesen Building and minimize the environmental impact of the project, KT Urban has offered to move the building to a surplus City-owned land parcel at East 4th and Reed Streets.
Following the check-donation ceremony the City approved a resolution to sell the 4th and Reed Street property to Habitat for Humanity for $1, with the additional understanding that KT Urban will relocate the Pallesen Building at its own expense.
PAC*SJ Members, We Need Your Support!
If you are concerned about the future of San Jose and how its rapid development is currently threatening the integrity and existence of many of our historic properties and signs, please lend your voice, offer your time and talents, and renew your membership!
“Never underestimate the power of a small group of committed people to change the world.
In fact, it is the only thing that ever has.”— Margaret Mead
Almaden Corner Hotel Project
City Council Approves Almaden Tower Development
Sadly, despite a steady stream of testimony against the Almaden project and a great turnout from PAC*SJ, Axis HOA, downtown neighbors, and other representatives, the minds of Mayor Liccardo, Council member Peralez and their attending colleagues appeared to have already been determined in favor of the tower development. Thank you to all who came out to support the cause and write letters; the opposition to this project was noted, however the appeals appear to have arrived too late. Unfortunately, The Fight Continues...
California Historic Tax Credits
On October 9th, Governor Gavin Newsom signed SB 451, the California Historic Rehabilitation Tax Credit, adding California to the list of more than 35 states that have passed such incentives. The bill, which passed both the Senate and the Assembly with unanimous approval, will enable the renewal of aging structures and communities throughout the state, and promote the development of affordable housing. MORE...
Rancho Fandango - September 2019
We celebrated 30 years of historic preservation at the Messina Family Homes and Orchard with food and festivities, including Ballet Folkorico, Wagon rides, silent and live auctions and a cheeky roast of Executive Director, Brian Grayson, who recently retired from many years of dedicated service to our organization.
Many thanks to our generous sponsors, including Walter Soellner, Google, Swenson Builders, Garden City Construction, the Shoennauer Company, Heritage Bank, J. Lohr Winery, Gordon Biersch Brewery, Bride + Bustle Wedding Shop, the Luthard Family, Pat Curia, Gayle Frank, Kathryn Young, Sylvia & Art Carrol, Nancy Rosendin, Helen & Dan Chapman, Rick Holden & Sandra Moll, Joe Melehan Family, City Councilmember Raul Peralez, Diane & Rueben Zarate.