Saving the Montgomery (2000)

Video sponsored by The San Jose Redevelopment Agency about the preservation and restoration of the Hotel Montgomery at 211 South First Street, in downtown San Jose, California, when the expansion of the Fairmont Hotel threatened its existence.

The hotel was designed by William Binder for T. S. Montgomery and originally opened in 1911. As of 2017 it was operated as a Four Points Sheraton.

Traces history of the hotel and downtown San Jose, the politics of the decision to save the hotel by moving it, and the actual process of moving the entire building while retaining its historic architecture. Includes commentary by Nancy Lytle of San Jose Redevelopment Agency, John Olsen of the Preservation Action Council of San Jose, Mayor Ron Gonzales, Charlene Duval of the Sourisseau Academy, Jack Douglas of San Jose State University, Lew Wolff of Maritz, Wolff & Co, and the architectural restoration team.

In memory of Glory Anne Laffey. Produced by Pacific Media, sponsored by The San Jose Redevelopment Agency.

Transferred from VHS in November 2017. Copyright remains with creators.

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