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San Jose in Santa Clara County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

United States Post Office

 
 
State Historic Landmark #854 image. Click for full size.
By Mathew H. Kohnen, November 4, 2007
1. State Historic Landmark #854
Inscription.  Constructed in 1892 this was the first federal building in San José. It served as U.S. post office from 1892 to 1933. Designed by Willoughby Edbrooke and constructed of locally quarried sandstone, this Romanesque style structure, built by the United States government, is the last of its kind on the west coast.
 
Erected 1972 by State Department of Parks & Recreation, Fine arts gallery association of San Jose, San Jose Historic Landmarks Commission, San Jose Historical Museum. (Marker Number 854.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: LandmarksNotable Buildings. In addition, it is included in the California Historical Landmarks, and the Postal Mail and Philately 📭 series lists.
 
Location. 37° 20.004′ N, 121° 53.41′ W. Marker is in San Jose, California, in Santa Clara County. Marker is at the intersection of West San Fernando Street, on the right when traveling north on West San Fernando Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 110 South Market Street, San Jose CA 95113, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8
United States Post Office Marker image. Click for full size.
April 25, 2010
2. United States Post Office Marker
other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Freedom Tree (within shouting distance of this marker); St. Joseph’s Cathedral (within shouting distance of this marker); Plaza de Cesar E. Chavez (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Centennial Commemoration of the World's First Broadcasting Station (about 300 feet away); First State Capitol Building (about 300 feet away); Site of Worlds First Broadcasting Station / World’s First Broadcasting Station (about 300 feet away); Herrold Radio Broadcasting Station (about 300 feet away); First State Capitol (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in San Jose.
 
More about this marker. Maker is on the south wall of the Old Post Office Building, across from the north end of Plaza de Cesar Chavez Park.
 
Old San Jose Post Office Building image. Click for full size.
By Mathew H. Kohnen, November 4, 2007
3. Old San Jose Post Office Building
This sandstone building was constructed to house the Post Office for the growing city of San Jose. The top floor of the tower was damaged beyond repair by the 1906 Earthquake and was never restored (see Photo No. 7). It now serves as the buildings clock-tower. Today, the building is now home to the San Jose Museum of Art.
United States Post Office image. Click for full size.
April 25, 2010
4. United States Post Office
The Clock Tower image. Click for full size.
April 25, 2010
5. The Clock Tower
The former United States Post Office, now the San Jose Museum of Art image. Click for full size.
August 19, 2020
6. The former United States Post Office, now the San Jose Museum of Art
United States Post Office image. Click for full size.
Courtesy of Clyde Arbuckle and the San Jose Public Library California Room, circa 1900
7. United States Post Office
"Front exterior view of the San Jose Post Office. This image shows the clock and tower that was destroyed during the 1906 earthquake."
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on August 20, 2020. It was originally submitted on November 17, 2007, by Mathew H. Kohnen of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 1,486 times since then and 3 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on November 17, 2007, by Mathew H. Kohnen of San Jose, California.   2. submitted on May 15, 2010.   3. submitted on November 17, 2007, by Mathew H. Kohnen of San Jose, California.   4, 5. submitted on May 15, 2010.   6, 7. submitted on August 20, 2020. • J. J. Prats was the editor who published this page.
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