AKA: City of San Jose, Public Library, San Jose, CA; San Jose Museum of Art, San Jose, CA

Structure Type: built works - public buildings - post offices

Designers: Robinson, Mills and Williams (RMW), A.I.A., Architects (firm); Skidmore, Owings and Merrill, (SOM), San Francisco, CA (firm); United States Government, Department of the Treasury, Office of the Supervising Architect, Edbrooke, Willoughby J. (firm); Willoughby James Edbrooke (architect); John Ogden Merrill (architect); Matthew Richard Mills (architect); Nathaniel Alexander Owings (architect); Chalfant David Robinson (architect); Louis Skidmore Sr. (architect)

Dates: constructed 1892

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110 South Market Street
Downtown, San Jose, CA 95110

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Building History

This US Post Office, designed by the Supervising Architect of the US Treasury, Willoughby J. Edbrooke (1843-1896), has had many uses since its completion in 1892. It served as the San Jose Public Library, 1937-1969, and became the Civic Art Gallery from 1969-1974, when it was renamed the "San Jose Museum of Art."

Building Notes

Tel: (408) 271-6840 (2017).


The San Francisco Earthquake of 1906 caused a tremor that damaged the post office's original tower, that had to be taken down.

At the building's centennial, a large new exhibition space was added to the San Museum of Art in 1991. This addition was designed by Skidmore, Owings and Merrill's San Francisco Office, and the San Francisco-based architecture and interior design firm of Robinson, Mills and Williams (RMW).

California Historical Landmark: 854

National Register of Historic Places: ID n/a

PCAD id: 108