Early 20th Century

San Jose, CA

Eagle's Hall

Local Scottish Rite Masons built their hall on this site in 1909. Designed by George Page, it was a simple rectangular structure with a severe Greek Revival facade. When the Masons moved into the new Scottish Rite Temple in 1925, the vacated building was bought by the California Pioneers of Santa Clara County. It was eventually purchased by the Fraternal Order of Eagles, who occupied it until 1982. The building was demolished in 1984 to make way for new construction: only the entry portico, with its fine Doric columns, remains.

Scottish Rite Temple

Built as the Scottish Rite Temple in 1924-5, this distinguished structure was designed by architect Carl Werner. The entry portico, with its six iconic columns and unusual Egyptian ornamentation, lends the building a special grandeur. In 1981, the building was rehabilitated and reopened as the San Jose Athletic Club.

Labor Temple

The San Jose Labor Temple, located at 72 North Second Street, was a hub of the city's turn of the century labor movement. It was established informally between 1901 and 1903 by Harry Ryan, an early San Jose labor leader, and Jack London, the famous California author. Jack London wrote the last portion of his classic, The Call of the Wild, as well as parts of The Sea Wolf, here in Harry Ryan's office. The building became the official San Jose Labor Temple in 1911 and served this purpose until 1948. It was demolished in the early 1950's.

Herrold Radio Broadcasting Station

Charles Herrold, a pioneer in radio, was the first person to transmit radio programs of music and news to a listening audience. Beginning in 1909, three years before Congress' Radio Act of 1912, Herrold broadcast from his College of Engineering and Wireless located in the Garden City Bank Building at First and San Fernando Streets. His wife, Sybil, was the first woman disc jockey in the country; together they initiated commercial radio advertising. A tireless experimenter, Charles Herrold developed more than fifty radio-related inventions.


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