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Attention donors, shoppers and volunteers!
Preservation Action Council, is hosting its Spring community clear out. Please consider donating your unneeded items to us. This is a garage and salvage sale so there will 4 house-yards full of intriguing and mundane items that need to find new homes. All items are priced so it is easy to shop. Checks accepted! Cash is better!
We can provide donation receipts if alerted in advance that you need one and what is being donated. Start sorting through closets, the attic and the basement for the unloved, the unwanted, the still boxed gift from Aunt Molly.
We will accept almost anything that can be resold. Must be in working order. Please wait until Valentine's Day to deliver to my house: 260 South 13th Street. Local pick ups may be scheduled.
Patt Curia, PAC*SJ Board Member
The third, citywide photo contest will celebrate national Historic Preservation Month in May, and historic preservation in San Jose. Contestants can submit photos of historic structures or historic artifacts in San Jose.
Deadline for entries is April 27th, 2014. For contest rules, etc. please visit www.sjhistoricalphoto.com.
Take a moment to check out the gallery of 2012 entries. Very impressive!
Finalists will be notified in early May and their photographs will be displayed for a few weeks. An awards ceremony with cash prizes will conclude the exhibit on June 5th, at Southern Lumber Company, 1402 Monterey Highway, San Jose.
Several professional photographers will judge entries. Judges will make their decisions based on the written explanation, photographic technique, photographic creativity and historical significance of each entry.
Donations (tax deductible) will be accepted to go towards the prizes to be awarded the winning photographers. Donations may be made by check payable to PAC*SJ with a notation on the check that it is for the photo contest. Mail your donation to: Preservation Action Council of San Jose, History Park, 1650 Senter Road, San Jose CA 95112-2599.
For questions, to submit photos, or to donate email: 2014HistoricPhotoContest@preservation.org.
You may know that the Century Theatres on Winchester are at risk of being demolished as the City explores possibilities to redevelop the site.
Along with our friends at the Retro Dome/Guggenheim Entertainment, we have launched an online petition asking our City leaders to preserve one or all of the Domes and direct the new developer to incorporate the Dome(s) into any proposed development.
Join the many Silicon Valley residents in favor of preserving these historically significant venues. We believe the Domes should be saved and reused, and incorporated into any development proposal. One example of reuse would be preserving Century 22 to provide a home to The Retro Dome, which occupied a sister Dome on Saratoga Avenue but was recently displaced when plans were announced to demolish the former Century 25. A wonderfully historic building would be saved from the wrecking ball and The Retro Dome would be reborn and serve as a home to multiple Silicon Valley-based performing arts groups.
Sign the petition now: Watch for more information as the campaign to Save the Domes moves forward.
The movement to restore the Clock Tower of the San
Jose Museum of Art to its original height is picking up steam.
The clock and the tower of former San Jose Post Office
building were destroyed in the 1906 earthquake. The
restoration, begun in 1908, intended to rebuild the original tower was
cut short - A new clock was installed in a shorter tower but the full
restoration of the tower's height was not completed. Check
out why the clock and the tower are so special to the history
of San Jose, and what you can do to get involved.
You can sign up for email notifications on the city web site:
"The City of San Jose is committed to providing the
opportunities to encourage residents and other interested parties to
follow development activity in their community and to actively
participate in the land use development process.
To this end the City offers an email subscription service where by you
can be informed of recently submitted development applications in your
community. if you sign up for this service, you will receive an email
informing you that the Planning Division has received a development or
permit application located within a given geographic area that you
select. This service provides notification on most planning permits. If
you would like to be noticed via email, choose subscribe and it will
take you to the registration process."
Here's the link: www.sjpermits.org/permits/general/emailform.asp
OK. Smokey didn't say that, but PACSJ may need a
mascot of it's own soon. Help prevent the loss of even
more historic structures to fire and vandalism by helping the City
enforce its Vacant Building Ordinance. File an online
on the City's website.
Start here: http://www.sanjoseca.gov/codeEnforcement/
On the left side under "Online Services" click on "Submit an Online Blight Complaint." From there fill out the appropriate information. If enough people file complaints maybe the City will pay attention and work harder to protect these historic resources.
Explore historical downtown San Jose - One
smartphone = 3 walking tours! SJPL has created three walking tours of
downtown San Jose that you can take using your smartphone and your
feet! Go to www.scanjose.org
to see images from the California Room
Collection while standing at the locations that the photographs were
taken. Think of it as a time machine in the palm of your hand!
There are three tours to choose from:
A Walk Around the Plaza - takes you on a loop around Plaza de Cesar Chavez
Tragedies and Calamities - a no holds barred look at some of the tragic events in San Jose history
Old Santa Clara Street - highlights some of the great architecture that has sprung up and come down over the years.
PAC-SJ is looking for a few qualified applicants to be considered for openings on our Board. Help us pursue our mission of preserving the architectural heritage of San Jose and help educate homeowners, developers, and decision-makers about the importance of historic preservation