Preservation plans for the Knox- Goodrich Building at 34-36 South First Street, downtown San Jose, have been prepared. The proposed renovation includes retaining the three-story, 7900-square foot Knox-Goodrich Building while building an approximately 91,992-square foot, seven-story commercial building for office and retail uses west of, and internally connected to, the historic structure. The proposed new structure has a roof height of 86 feet, with rooftop projections reaching 99 feet. The project description is based on the Site Development Permit and Historic Preservation Permit drawings by Studio Current and Brick Inc.
This restoration and rehabilitation is part of a larger project that involves the construction of the proposed Fountain Alley Building. The proposed Fountain Alley project calls for the demolition of the adjacent Lido Club and associated parking lot. The project site is approximately 0.35-acres and comprises three parcels located at 26-36 South First Street in downtown San Jose. Outdoor seating is proposed along South First Street and Fountain Alley at the new structure.
The three-story Knox-Goodrich Building is designated as a San Jose City Landmark that has also been previously found individually eligible for listing on the National Register of Historic Places and California Register of Historical Resources. Additionally, the Knox-Goodrich Building is a contributing structure to the San Jose Downtown Commercial Historic District, a National Register-listed district.