In 1892, the cornerstone was placed for the clocktower building, that was constructed from the same quarry that was utilized to build Stanford University.
The hand wound clocktower at the top of the building is one of three existing in the world. The Ferry Building in San Francisco and the Big Bend in London are the only two other buildings with hand powered large clocks.
In 1970, San Jose Museum of Art was established by the San Jose City Council.
In 1930, the Rosicrucian Oriental Museum opened to the public, in a building facing Naglee Avenue in San Jose, California, with a variety of exhibits on ancient Egyptian artifacts.
In 1966, the Rosicrucian Oriental Museum was moved from its original location to a larger facility, with an outdoor gardens, located at 1660 Park Avenue San Jose, California. The museum would be renamed to the Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum And Planetarium.
The musuem hosts one of seven existing statues of Cleopatra VII, a former Egyptian Queen, that exist in the world.
The outdoor section of the museum hosts an elaborate set of outdoor building art, sculptures and gardens.
A replica of the obelisk at the House of the Sun, in Heliopolis, Egypt, the Biblical city of On, is within the gardens.
Another statue dedicated to Pythagoras, whom is looking upwards to the sky, is in the gardens.
In 1925, construction on a new Bank of Italy building, which was one of the first skyscrapers for the City of San Jose, California, began. Construction on the skyscraper would be completed a year later in 1926. The skyscraper would later become owned by the Bank of America.
Currently, a historical marker indicates the site of the former Bank of Italy building.
The Letitia Building, which was designed by Jacob Lenzen, was named after Letitia M. Burnette and constructed in 1890. Letitia M. Burnette was the daughter of Peter Hardeman Burnett, the first American Governor of California. Later in life she would marry C.T. Ryland and has her name changed to Letitia M. Burnette Ryland.