Designed in 1963 by famed Edward Durell Stone (Radio City) and built in 1965 for Wells Fargo Bank with his son doing the landscape design. If you think you've seen this building before then you might have seen the original 1961 version which is the National Geographic Society's HQ in Washington D.C.
While no one in the neighborhood was happy to see the post WWII modernism movement devour the neighborhood's mansions on the Alameda, I am happy that at least we got something visually interesting.
Barry Swenson, the son of Clifford Swenson and the grandson of Carl Swenson (Hotel DeAnza, Medico Dental), now owns the property, while still actively building many of the new downtown skyscraper projects like his Father and Grandfather did. Barry is also a philanthropist, donating neighborhood space for both Garden to Table (urban farm on the other side of the Taylor Street Bridge) and Good Karma Bikes.
The neighborhood has survived losing the original tenant, Wells Fargo, although you can still see the drive through bank teller lanes that were designed for the car culture tearing through our streets.
Our Rose Garden neighborhood area is defined as "San Jose West Valley" in the Silicon Valley office real estate jargon. So if you're looking for new office space in the neighborhood you can always benefit from being able to WALK to work like some of the fine tenants at Clever Girls Collective!
Carl Swenson's Home and Office
The Carl N. Swenson Co. Inc. company offices were @ 355 Stockton Avenue before being torn down to build the Avalon Morrison Park Apartments were built in 2014. I don't know if the iconic signage was saved, but the Swenson family has definitely made its mark on San Jose.