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Yung See San Fong (House), 16660 Cypress Way, Los Gatos, Santa Clara County, CA



B&W Photos

HB108418
View Looking Northeast

HB108419
View Looking Northwest

HB108420
Distant View Looking Northwest

HB108421
South Entrance

HB108422
North Porch

HB108423
Front Stairs And Entrance, Looking South

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Living Room Fireplace, Looking South

HB108425
Southwest Corner Of Living Room

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Archway, West Wall Of Living Room

HB108427
Living Room, Looking Northwest

HB108428
Living Room North Window Opposite Front Entrance

HB108429
Dining Room, Looking Northwest


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Location
16660 Cypress Way, Los+Gatos, CA

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Created/Published
Documentation compiled after 1933.

Notes
Survey number HABS CA-2070
Unprocessed field note material exists for this structure (FN-123).
Building/structure dates: 1917 initial construction
Building/structure dates: 1922 subsequent work
Building/structure dates: 1965 subsequent work
Significance: Nestled in the picturesque hills above Los Gatos is this unique and eclectic dwelling, a combination of Oriental decorative motifs and pagoda roofs together with western massing and lay-out. Yung See San Fong, "Young's Home in the Heart of the Hills," was completed in 1917 by Ruth Comfort Mitchell Young, a writer, and her husband, Sanborn Young, a gentleman farmer, conservationist and later California State Senator. The design of the house was inspired by a Chinese play, The Sweetmeat Game, which Mrs. Young had written. Materials utilized in the house's construction include stucco, wooden shake shingles and board and batten siding, which provide an interesting composition. The interior boasts handcarved wooden panels with Chinese characters. Commanding a magnificent view of the Santa Clara Valley, the "bungahigh" is unique in Northern California. As the Youngs were prominent politically and civically, many well known people visited here including President Hoover.

Related Names
Nichols (?), Leo L.
Young, Ruth Comfort Mitchell.
Young, Sanborn
Bennett, Joan
Phelan, James Duval
Stephens, Gov. William D.


Collection
Historic American Buildings Survey (Library of Congress)

Contents
Photograph caption(s): 
1. VIEW LOOKING NORTHEAST
2. VIEW LOOKING NORTHWEST
3. DISTANT VIEW LOOKING NORTHWEST
4. SOUTH ENTRANCE
5. NORTH PORCH
6. FRONT STAIRS AND ENTRANCE, LOOKING SOUTH
7. LIVING ROOM FIREPLACE, LOOKING SOUTH
8. SOUTHWEST CORNER OF LIVING ROOM
9. ARCHWAY, WEST WALL OF LIVING ROOM
10. LIVING ROOM, LOOKING NORTHWEST
11. LIVING ROOM NORTH WINDOW OPPOSITE FRONT ENTRANCE
12. DINING ROOM, LOOKING NORTHWEST


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