San Jose in Santa Clara County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
First Church of Christ, Scientist
The First Church of Christ, Scientist, was designed by Willis Polk and built in 1905. The plan of the building is a Greek cross; four Ionic columns dominate the entry portico. Since the construction of a new church in 1946, the building has been used for a variety of purposes. Its scale and dignity make it an important contributor to the city's architectural heritage.
Erected by City of San Jose.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Churches & Religion • Notable Buildings. A significant historical year for this entry is 1905.
Location. 37° 20.369′ N, 121° 53.531′ W. Marker is in San Jose, California, in Santa Clara County. Marker is on Saint James Street, on the right when traveling west. Marker is mounted on a pole on the sidewalk across from Saint James Park between North First and North Second Streets. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 43 East Saint James Street, San Jose CA 95112, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Sainte Claire Club (within shouting distance of this marker); Santa Clara County Courthouse (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct St. James Park (about 300 feet away); Scottish Rite Temple (about 500 feet away); Main Post Office (about 600 feet away); First Unitarian Church (about 600 feet away); Henry Morris Naglee (about 600 feet away); Eagles Hall (about 700 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in San Jose.
Regarding First Church of Christ, Scientist. High-rise housing is now planned around the vacant building.
Also see . . .
1. Downtown San Jose History Walk. The church building is featured on the Downtown San Jose History Walk along with 30 additional sites. (Submitted on April 29, 2010.)
2. First Church of Christ, Scientists. Soft Underbelly of San Jose entry:
Additional information on the history of the building. (Submitted on April 29, 2010.)
3. St. James Park (San Jose). Wikipedia entry:
The historical area that surrounds St. James Park is the site of several buildings that contribute to the history of San Jose. The First Church of Christ Scientists is included on this list. (Submitted on February 13, 2021, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York.)
Credits. This page was last revised on February 13, 2021. It was originally submitted on April 29, 2010, by Syd Whittle of Mesa, Arizona. This page has been viewed 851 times since then and 16 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on April 29, 2010, by Syd Whittle of Mesa, Arizona.