The Endangered 8: 2023
San José's Most Threatened Architectural and Cultural Landmarks
Sam's Downtown Feed
759 W. San Carlos Street
Built c. 1925
When Sam’s Downtown Feed shuttered at the end of 2022, customers from across the region mourned the loss of this 36-year-old legacy business with a living connection to San Jose’s fading agricultural past. Now the handsome brick Mission Revival warehouse that housed it, originally constructed c. 1925 as the H.C. Jung Feed Store, is being marketed for sale as a tear-down. Located at the foot of the San Carlos Street Viaduct just west of downtown, other buildings on the block have been creatively repurposed as retail, restaurant, and event spaces— a far better alternative than demolition for maintaining the distinctive character of this important gateway neighborhood.