The Endangered 8: 

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

Graves House


4146 Mitzi Drive


Built 1868





This rare surviving Italianate farmhouse in West San José was built in 1868 by Sylvester and Kate Graves at the center of what was once a sprawling prune, apricot, and peach orchard. Today, a stalled 40-unit apartment proposal on the surrounding parcel has left the building prone to chronic trespassing, vandalism, arson, and accelerated deterioration. Without immediate intervention and a viable security plan, the building may soon deteriorate beyond repair—a tragic and avoidable fate for a once-grand and still-salvageable homestead.

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