The Endangered 8:
San José's Most Threatened Architectural and Cultural Landmarks of 2022
Downtown Commercial Historic District
Downtown San José
San José’s eclectic early downtown character remains on full display within the National Register-listed Downtown Commercial Historic District, a three-block collection of architectural styles spanning two centuries. But this legacy is increasingly threatened: at least nine historic buildings in or immediately adjacent to the district are currently proposed for demolition or severe, out-of-scale alteration, including the fire-damaged Lawrence Hotel (1893, 71-89 E. San Fernando Street), the Knights of Pythias Hall (1893, 86-90 S. 2nd Street), and the State Meat Market (1915, 142-50 E. Santa Clara Street). While infill development is necessary and welcome, it need not and must not erase or overwhelm downtown’s unique and multi-layered sense of place.