SJ Historic Photo Contest

PAC*SJ is pleased to partner with the San Jose Historic Landmarks Commission in hosting the 2014 San Jose Historic Photo Contest. The finalists’ photographs are on exhibit at Southern Lumber Company, 1402 Monterey Road, from May 22 until June 5, when the winners will be announced at a festive awards gathering on Thursday, June 5th at 6:30pm.

The most popular structures to be entered into the contest are the Century Dome Theaters, followed by Faber’s Cyclery and the Bank of America. The photographs include a good representation of San Jose’s historic resources such as, the Winchester Mystery House, the California Theater, The Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum, First Church of Christ, American Can Co., Martial Cottle Park, Bernal Ranch, Reed/Lewis plot at Oak Hill, Montalvo, Roberto Adobe, Rose Garden, Willow Glen Trestle, Willow Glen Neighborhood, Civic Auditorium, HG Wade Warehouse—Alivso, Germania, McKinley Statue, Mt. Umunhum, DeAnza Hotel, downtown San Jose, Trinity Cathedral and many more.

Our expert judges, Josh Anon, Richard Dischler and Franklin Maggi, reviewed the photographs that are on exhibit at the Southern Lumber Company and selected the winners, using the following criteria:  photographic technique, photographic creativity, written explanation and historical significance. Prizes will be awarded to “Best in Show”, along with first, second and third prizes in adult and student categories.

This third San Jose Historic Photo Contest aspires to promote historic preservation by raising awareness of San Jose’s historic resources and recognizing the importance of saving those limited, threatened assets. We hope the Photo Contest brings the preservation community together while introducing to newcomers that historic resources benefit our quality of life. By photographing our favorite historic structure, site or artifact, we demonstrate community support for and celebration of the efforts to save our city’s history.

PAC*SJ and the SJ Historic Landmarks Commission thanks the judges, the sponsors and the Photo Contest Committee, Chair May Yam, Gayle Frank, Charles DiLisio and Josh Marcotte for a successful  and rewarding event that celebrates historic preservation in San Jose. To view all the finalists’ photographs visit

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