“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Morgan Hill in Santa Clara County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)

The Granary

Our History

The Granary Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, August 9, 2011
1. The Granary Marker
[Photo captions:]
Far left:
A Granary in Kashan, Iran; The Henninger Tower, built by Henninger Brewers to hold its barley is the tallest silo in the world at 384 ft.

Lower left:
[The recipes for Mineral Mix and Calf Mix.]

Right center:
105 tons of steel recycled off site; 50 cubic yards of concrete recycled on site.
What is a Granary?
A granary is a storage facility for grains. Granaries have been built from ancient times, with the oldest granaries dating back to 9500BC! Originally, they were carved into the ground or rock, or made of clay. Modern granaries were invented in the late 19th century with the invention of the silo. Today, the world’s tallest silos are almost 400 feet tall!

The Isaacson Granary
The Isaacson Granary provided feed to the many cattle ranchers and dairies around the area. Here, they made special mixes of cattle and calf feed, such as calf mix, steer mix, and dairy mix. Below are two of the many unique recipes that were commonly mixed here. You can see the grain scale where the ingredients were measured by the rest rooms.

Who We Are
Weston Miles Architects
Founded by Charles Weston and Lesley Miles, Weston Miles Architects has contributed their considerable expertise to numerous civic projects, residential projects, educational facilities, and historic renovations in the Bay Area. Committed to sustainability and to the community, WMA designed the first LEED certified school in California and has been an active member of the Morgan Hill community for 22 years, WMA acted as designer and developer
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By Barry Swackhamer, August 9, 2011
2. The Granary Marker
in the renovation of the Granary.

Visit the Granary website at to learn more about sustainable building

Designing for Sustainability
Sandwiched between the railroad tracks and Downtown, the old Isaacson Granary was the most prominent reminder of the area’s once preeminent agri-business. As populations grew and Santa Clara Valley evolved into Silicon Valley, the industrial businesses based around the Granary and the railroad tracks slid into non-use and decay, and the Granary became a derelict monument to a bygone era.

The Granary redevelopment preserves this piece of the City’s agricultural past, while providing a “gateway” project at the northeast entry to the downtown. Adjacent to the train depot the building is now home to Weston Miles Architects, a community space, a restaurant, and additional offices. The redevelopment focused on sustainable design, a core tenet of WMA.

Renovating the granary involved more than simple redesign. Great care was taken to preserve the building's integrity and character while developing it into an integrated structure that met a number of goals; historic building reuse, a sustainable building and site, and adherence to a very limited budget of $2 million dollars.

These goals were achieved by designing
The Granary image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, August 9, 2011
3. The Granary
an adaptive reuse of the existing building, retaining the Granary’s form, structure and foundation. The project transformed a drafty, dark industrial building into an efficient, bright structure using Savings by Design and LEED criteria in addition to traditional design practices. The project received Designer and Owner incentives from the Savings by Design program and is LEED Gold Certified.

The Granary is a LEED Gold Certified adaptive reuse project designed by Weston Miles Architects. This award winning building showcased Morgan Hill’s agricultural tradition while demonstrating the principles of sustainable design.

Logo: U.S. Green Building Council – USBGC, LEED Gold
Location. 37° 7.823′ N, 121° 39.119′ W. Marker is in Morgan Hill, California, in Santa Clara County. Marker is on Depot Street south of 1st Street, on the right when traveling south. Click for map. The building complex is located at the intersection of Depot Street and 1st Street. Marker is at or near this postal address: 17500 Depot Street, Morgan Hill CA 95037, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Site of Skeels Hotel (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Votaw Building (about 600 feet
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By Barry Swackhamer, August 9, 2011
4. The Granary
away); Waiting For The Train (about 700 feet away); Morgan Hill United Methodist Church (approx. ¼ mile away); John Page House (approx. ¼ mile away); [Morgan Hill] Centennial Project (approx. 0.4 miles away); De Anza Expedition 1775 - 1776 (approx. 0.4 miles away); Site of 21-Mile House (approx. 1.3 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Morgan Hill.
Categories. AgricultureIndustry & Commerce
The Granary Scale Where Feed Mixes Were Weighted image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, August 9, 2011
5. The Granary Scale Where Feed Mixes Were Weighted
Recipes as noted on far left side of the marker:
Mineral Mix
Rice - 1370 Lbs • Bran - 130 Lbs • Urea Limestone - 270 Lbs • Mineral - 35 Lbs • Decal - 80 Lbs • Baking Soda - 105 Lbs • Magnesium Oxide - 10 Lbs

Calf Mix
Beet Pulp - 200 Lbs • Rice - 200 Lbs • Bran - 300 Lbs • Millrun - 200 Lbs • Ground Grains -600 Lbs • Cottonseed Meal - 100 Lbs • Bentonite - 30 Lbs • Limestone - 30 Lbs • Salt Mineral - 6 Lbs • Molasses - 2 Gallons • Rolled Barley - 2300 Lbs • Rolled Corn - 200 Lbs
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 508 times since then and 65 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on , by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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