San Jose in Santa Clara County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
First Unitarian Church
Erected 1979 by State Department of Parks and Recreation and the Members of the Congregation. (Marker Number 902.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the California Historical Landmarks marker series.
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 Sainte Claire Club (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, (Submitted on April 26, 2010.)
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