The Endangered 8: 

San José's Most Threatened Architectural and Cultural Landmarks of 2022

Former San José City Hall

Location:

801 N. First Street

Date:

Built 1958

Architect:

Donald F. Haines

Threat:

Neglect, Redevelopment

Once hailed as a modern marvel, this iconic symbol of the city's 20th-century suburban expansion was one of the first International Style civic buildings constructed on the West Coast. Vacant since 2005, it is now owned by the County of Santa Clara, which recently proposed to raze the building rather than incur continued modest maintenance costs. Adaptive reuse for housing, offices, or public services is a feasible and civically responsible alternative to the County’s shortsighted demolition plan, which proposes no new use for the site.

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