Fire guts historic IBM building in San Jose

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Fire guts historic IBM building in San Jose

Postby SDR » Sun Mar 09, 2008 6:54 pm

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Postby modfan » Mon Mar 10, 2008 3:01 pm

Church Lady sez 'how conveeeeenient'.
Wasn't there also some problem about toxic chemicals going into the water supply there or was that at another location (resolution?).
That always marked the arrival in San Jose when driving from LA to SF
on the 101 if it's the building I'm thinking of.

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Postby Synthetrix » Tue Mar 11, 2008 10:47 am

Yep... according to Heather at Silicon Valley Modern, http://www.svmodern.com/ that's the 3rd or 4th historic building to burn down in San Jose in the past year. This IBM campus was designed by John Bolles, the same architect that designed the Paul Masson Champagne Cellars that were once in Saratoga, CA. That building was demolished to make room for some highway expansion up there. Here is a picture from my website.
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The sculpture in the fountain is by Gurdon Woods, who also did a piece for the IBM Campus in San Jose
Another one of Bolles buildings, the former Birkenstock distribution center in Novato, is currently vacant and ripe for this type of suspicious "redevelopment."
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Postby SDR » Tue Mar 11, 2008 11:02 am

Speaking of lost architecture in the Bay Area, I wish I had taken photos of the Nave Lanes bowling emporium in South Novato (Ignacio), Marin County, demolished perhaps a dozen years ago. It was a Wrightian structure of red brick and white stucco, long and low, with circular plan elements and disc-shaped roofs with up-curved edge detail. The architect was David Stovall, an early-fifties Taliesin fellow of little renown.

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