San Jose in Santa Clara County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
This charming commercial structure was built in 1889 by Sarah Knox-Goodrich on property left to her by her first husband, Dr. William Knox, using sandstone from the quarry owned by her second husband, Levi Goodrich. Both men were important San José citizens: Knox, with his brother-in-law T. Ellard Beans, established San José’s first bank; Goodrich was the architect of the Santa Clara County Courthouse. Sarah Knox-Goodrich, a strong advocate of women’s right, organized San José’s first Woman Suffrage Association in 1869. She died in 1903 and was buried between her two husbands in Oak Hill Cemetery.
Erected by City of San Jose.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Notable Buildings. In addition, it is included in the Women's Suffrage series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1889.
Location. 37° 20.125′ N, 121° 53.392′ W. Marker is in San Jose, California, in Santa Clara County. Marker is on South First Street south of East Santa Clara Street, on the right when traveling north. Marker is mounted on a pole Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 34 South First Street, San Jose CA 95113, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Letitia Building (within shouting distance of this marker); Bank of America Building (within shouting distance of this marker); San José Academy (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); San Jose Mercury News (about 500 feet away); Herrold Radio Broadcasting Station (about 500 feet away); Site of World’s First Broadcasting Station (about 500 feet away); World’s First Broadcasting Station (about 500 feet away); New Century Block (about 500 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in San Jose.
Also see . . .
1. Sarah Knox-Goodrich. Wikipedia biography (Submitted on April 28, 2021, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York.)
2. Downtown San Jose History Walk (PDF). This building (Site #28), is featured on the Downtown San Jose History Walk along with 30 additional sites. (Submitted on May 20, 2010.)
Credits. This page was last revised on April 28, 2021. It was originally submitted on May 20, 2010, by Syd Whittle of Mesa, Arizona. This page has been viewed 1,293 times since then and 47 times this year. Photos: 1. submitted on May 20, 2010, by Syd Whittle of Mesa, Arizona. 2. submitted on April 28, 2021, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York. 3, 4. submitted on May 20, 2010, by Syd Whittle of Mesa, Arizona.