The sandstone used on the exterior was obtained from the same local quarries that supplied sandstone for other famous bay area locations, including many of the original buildings at Stanford University.
In addition to being an official city landmark, the building is a California Historical Landmark (#854), and is listed in the National Register of Historic Places.
Originally built as the San Jose Post Office, and remained in this capacity until 1933 when operations were moved to another, larger facility.
Served as the main city library from 1937 to 1969.
Became the home of the Civic Art Gallery in 1969, and was renamed the San Jose Museum of Art in 1974.
The building largely survived the 1906 earthquake, but the top of the original clock tower crumbled and fell into the street; although rebuilt, the full, original height of the tower was never restored.
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