Peter E. Col House, 1163 Martin Avenue, San Jose, Santa Clara County, CA
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1163 Martin Avenue, San Jose, CA
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Documentation compiled after 1933.
Survey number HABS CA-2008
Unprocessed field note material exists for this structure (FN-130).
Building/structure dates: 1913 initial construction
Significance: The Peter E. Col house is an especially notable example of the work of San Jose architects Wolfe & Wolfe. During the early 20th century this father and son team was one of the most prominent and highly respected architectural firms in the Santa Clara valley, and Northern California in general. Much of the architecture that came out of Wolfe & Wolfe's office in the 1910s was heavily influenced by the Prairie style designs of Frank Lloyd Wright. This stuccoed frame residence, one of their more widely publicized designs, was built in 1913 and is characterized by rectilinear massing, low flat roofs, deep horizontal eaves, and geometric art glass windows. Col, a wholesale grocer, had his residence built in San Jose's fashionable Hanchett Residence Park, a landscaped real estate development, laid out in 1907 by San Francisco landscape architect John McLaren. The house is in excellent condition and remains unchanged since its construction.
Wolfe, Frank D.
Wolfe, Carl J.
Historic American Buildings Survey (Library of Congress)
1. DISTANT VIEW LOOKING NORTH
2. VIEW LOOKING NORTH
3. SOUTHEAST (ENTRANCE) FRONT
4. DETAIL OF SOUTHEAST WALL
5. DETAIL OF NORTHEAST WALL
6. LIVING ROOM, LOOKING SOUTHEAST
7. STAINED GLASS WINDOWS, DINING ROOM NORTHEAST WALL
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