Palm Haven, California (Images of America Series)

Palm Haven, California (Images of America Series)

by Michael Borbely, Brian Hoffman


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In 1917, it was not San Jose, California, but a small residential subdivision at its southern edge called Palm Haven that incorporated itself as an independent city. Patterned after the popular residence parks of the day, it boasted palm tree–lined streets, entrances marked by decorative pillars, its own trolley stop, and a grassy central plaza planted with trees. But it was Palm Haven’s independence that attracted a remarkable mix of business and government leaders, entrepreneurs and inventors, and artists and independent thinkers. They advised US presidents, introduced broccoli to the American diet, and left a mark on local, regional, and national history that resonates today.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781467130486
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing SC
Publication date: 10/28/2013
Series: Images of America Series
Pages: 127
Product dimensions: 6.58(w) x 9.24(h) x 0.39(d)

About the Author

Uncovering the transcendent rise of this uncommon neighborhood are residents Michael Borbely and Brian Hoffman. Borbely, a residential designer and builder studied in architectural history, was first president of the Palm Haven Restoration Committee, overseeing restoration of Palm Haven’s historic streetscape. A contributor in development of San Jose’s guide to preserving historic homes and feature author for American Bungalow magazine, Borbely continues writing locally. Brian Hoffman brings a passion and research skills to the book that spring from his childhood in historic Wyoming County, New York.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments 6

Introduction 7

1 Creating a Haven: A 19th-century Legacy Takes Form 11

2 The First Wave: 1913-1918 17

3 The Second Wave: 1919-1939 39

4 Defining a Heritage: Railroad Battle and Latter Years 115

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