The Alameda Park subdivision includes 99 parcels on four streets—Schiele, Pershing, Harding and Hoover Avenues. (See Figure-1.) It was built out during the boom years of the 1920’s with modest, predominantly single-story family home, with two or three bedrooms and a single bath. The architecture is quintessential California, the type featured in Sunset magazine during this time and best classified as 20th century revival. The area has maintained a high level of architectural integrity through the years.
81 of the 95 homes built during the 1920s remain and continue to reflect their original 20th century revival architecture. They fall into six styles: Spanish Eclectic (33 homes), Tudor (24 homes), Craftsman (13 homes), Italian Renaissance (6 homes), Mission (4 homes) and Prairie (1 home). Additionally, there are four homes with no single dominant style. Even those homes classified into a style frequently have some influence of another.
Windows and doors are a key feature of every home in the Alameda Park. All have (or had) true divided lights in a variety of pane patterns. Square or rectangular window panes are either presented in a frame pattern or are evenly divided into panes of the same size. Semi-circle window panes are presented in fan, sunburst or evenly divided patterns. The variations identified on homes in the subdivision are:
This film was produced for the San Jose Chamber of Commerce in the early 1950s as a promotional tool. San Jose was the focal point of the Santa Clara Valley.
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