Currently slated for demolition, the historic Pallesen Apartments could soon get a new lease on life! Help PAC*SJ and Habitat for Humanity move this 1910 Mission Revival landmark to safely and restore it for desperately-needed affordable housing.
Summer Treasure and Rummage Sale: Sept 4 & 5
9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. to noon Saturday at 260 South 13th St.
The sale features 600 cat related ceramic items donated by the late Art Carroll, a longtime PAC*SJ member and stalwart volunteer. Art's donation was intended to benefit our local architectural and preservation efforts. Besides the cats, the sale will include salvaged materials from vintage homes, housewares, tools, board games, art and books. The sale will be held outdoors and will adhere to the latest State and County health orders, with social distancing and mask policies enforced.
Sphinx Demolition Approved
On June 16, San Jose City Council unanimously rejected the advice of its own Historic Landmarks Commission and denied landmark status to the Cesar Pelli-designed Bank of California Building, simultaneously approving its demolition as part of the proposed redevelopment of CityView Plaza. PAC*SJ believes CityView Plaza is a high-quality project that will bring needed jobs and revenue to San Jose, but preservation alternatives that preserve the Sphinx can and should be part of the project. We are currently evaluating possible next steps to prevent its premature and unnecessary demolition.
The City of San Jose is considering amendments to its sign code to allow animated digital billboards along freeways, building-mounted digital signs downtown and in North San Jose, and digital advertising on bus shelters and other street furniture citywide. These amendments would reverse a 35-year ban on new billboards in the city, with potentially dire impacts on historic structures, residential neighborhoods, and public safety. We urge you to join PAC*SJ in opposing these dangerous and misguided proposals, which are also opposed by the Audubon Society, the Sierra Club, and others. The City is accepting public comments on the proposal through June 24th via email-- more information is available through this website.
Willow Glen Trestle Lost
The City of San Jose has completed demolition of the Willow Glen Trestle, ending a hard-fought seven-year battle to save and repurpose the historic former railroad bridge. All traces of the 99-year-old timber structure have now been removed from the banks of Los Gatos Creek, where a prefabricated steel pedestrian bridge is slated to connect two segments of the Los Gatos Creek Trail. The construction schedule for the new span is currently unknown.
Juliet Arroyo Departs
PAC*SJ was saddened and alarmed to learn that Juliet Arroyo has resigned as San Jose’s Historic Preservation Officer after more than two years of dedicated service. Since her appointment in April 2018, Ms. Arroyo has been instrumental in advocating for sound preservation policy within city government, bringing professional preservation expertise to a new level in the 10th largest city in the US. Her sudden departure leaves many important initiatives on hold, including citywide historic resource survey efforts, additions to the Historic Resources Inventory, and all new City Landmark designations. PAC*SJ thanks Ms. Arroyo for her years of hard work and expertise and we urge the City of San Jose to name a qualified, full-time new Historic Preservation Officer as soon as possible.
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. More...
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. Photos of the evening Sponsor list