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The Endangered 8: 2023 

San José's Most Threatened Architectural and Cultural Landmarks

Alum Rock Park Log Cabin


15571 Alum Rock Avenue


Built 1916


Theodore Lenzen & Frank Delos Wolfe



Decades of deferred maintenance have left the Alum Rock Park Log Cabin in a state of near ruin, with long-standing promises of restoration now hobbled by a crippling Parks Department budget deficit. Assembled from hand-hewn redwood logs from the Santa Cruz Mountains, the quaint shelter was commissioned in 1910 and dedicated in 1916 by the Native Daughters of the Golden West, designed by master architects Theodore Lenzen and Frank DeLos Wolfe. Despite repeated offers of fundraising assistance, the City has yet to stabilize the quickly-deteriorating structure, and the City Landmark (designated in 1982) now stands inaccessible and partially collapsed behind an unsightly chain-link fence.

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