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First Unitarian Church

 
 
First Unitarian Church Marker image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, April 25, 2010
1. First Unitarian Church Marker
Inscription. This building, designed by George W. Page in 1891, became the permanent home of a congregation that first met in City Hall in 1866. A version of Richardsonian Romanesque style, the innovative structure withstood the earthquake of 1906 and became a shelter for the injured. In 1906, the church women organized San Jose’s first day nursery.
California Registered Historical Landmark No.902

 
Erected 1979 by State Department of Parks and Recreation and the Members of the Congregation. (Marker Number 902.)
 
Location. 37° 20.373′ N, 121° 53.412′ W. Marker is in San Jose, California, in Santa Clara County. Marker is on North 3rd Street south of East St. James Street, on the right when traveling north. Click for map. Marker is mounted on the building to the right of the entrance steps. Marker may be obscured by bushes and easily missed. The building is located across from St. James Park. Marker is at or near this postal address: 160 North 3rd Street, San Jose CA 95112, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Eagles Hall (within shouting distance of this marker); Scottish Rite Temple (within shouting distance of this marker); Sainte Claire Club
First Unitarian Church Marker image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, April 25, 2010
2. First Unitarian Church Marker
(about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); St. James Park (about 400 feet away); Henry Morris Naglee (about 400 feet away); Trinity Episcopal Church (about 600 feet away); First Church of Christ, Scientist (about 600 feet away); Labor Temple (about 600 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in San Jose.
 
Regarding First Unitarian Church. This site was designated as a California Registered Historical Landmark on September 1, 1976.
Statement of Significance:
This church's architectural character is generally described as Richardsonian Romanesque, it is one of the few churches in America patterned after the traditional Unitarian churches of Transylvania. Designed by architect G. W. Page and erected in 1891-92, the building has served its congregation continuously since construction.
 
Also see . . .  History of the First Unitarian Church of San Jose. Unitarian Services in San José were first held in City Hall in November of 1865, with 100 people in attendance. Mr. And Mrs. B.F. Watkins, residents of Santa Clara who belonged
First Unitarian Church Marker image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, April 25, 2010
3. First Unitarian Church Marker
Behind the bushes.
to the San Francisco Unitarian Church, were staunch supporters of the women's suffrage movement and organizers on behalf of the U.S. Sanitary Commission, which aided victims of the Civil War (and later became the Red Cross). (Submitted on April 26, 2010.) 
 
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Cornerstone image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, April 25, 2010
4. Cornerstone
First Unitarian Church image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, April 25, 2010
5. First Unitarian Church
Marker is located under the flag.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California. This page has been viewed 683 times since then and 2 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on , by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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