The Endangered 8:
San José's Most Threatened Architectural and Cultural Landmarks of 2022
First Church of Christ, Scientist
43 E. St. James Street
Architecture critic Alan Hess once called this Willis Polk-designed, Greek-inspired church “one of the most superb pieces of classical architecture in Northern California.” Sadly, its soaring Ionic columns and domed roof have been hidden behind tarps and scaffolding since 2018, when absentee owner Z&L Properties abandoned a long-promised restoration effort. After decades of vacancy and neglect, the building is now likely in critical condition. Immediate inspection, stabilization, and a transfer to new owners are urgently needed to avoid a catastrophic loss.
Learn More and Take Action!
Contact Mayor Sam Liccardo and District 3 Councilmember Raul Peralez to urge the City to enforce its abandoned vacant building ordinance and to conduct an immediate interior inspection of the property.
If you see something, say something! Report suspected code violations or suspicious activities to the City of San Jose.