Knox-Goodrich Building, San Jose, California

The Knox-Goodrich Building of San Jose, California

Dr. William Knox, along with his brother-in-law, T. Ellard Beans, established the first bank of San Jose, California. In 1889, the Knox-Goodrich building was built by Sarah Knox, the wife of Dr. William Knox, after William Knox’s death. Sarah Knox remarried to Goodrich, who designed the Santa Clara Courthouse, and was renamed to Sarah Knox-Goodrich.

Lick Observatory, Mount Hamilton, San Jose, California

1876 to 1887 – The Construction Of The Lick Observatory

Businessman James Lick proposed building an observatory, as a legacy to himself, on multiple locations in San Francisco and San Jose. In 1876, construction began on the observatory, that would be known as the Lick Observatory, after it was decided to build the structure on Mount Hamilton.

Currently, the Lick Observatory is owned by the University of California educational system.

San Jose, California

The Birthplace Of Amadeo Pietro Giannini – The Founder Of The Bank Of Italy

On May 6, 1870, Amadeo Pietro Giannini, also known as Amadeo Peter Giannini and as A.P. Giannini, was born in a residence located at 79 North Market Street San Jose, California.

On October 17, 1904, Amadeo Pietro Giannini founded the Bank of Italy. Amadeo Pietro Giannini invented the concept of branch banking and losing money without collateral, which was essential in the rebuilding of San Francisco after the devastating Earthquake of 1906. After the earthquake, Amadeo Pietro Giannini helped individuals such as Walt Disney finance his first animated film. At his death in 1949, the Bank of Italy, which became the Bank of America, had over 500 branches and was the largest bank in the world at the time.

California, San Jose, California

The Santa Clara Courthouse Was Built To Persuade The State Legislature To Return The State Capital To San Jose, California

The Santa Clara County government proposed establishing a courthouse, which was designed by Levi Goodrich, one of the husbands of the first American Governor of California Peter Hardeman Burnette, as a move to convince the state legislature to move the state capital from Sacramento back to San Jose, California. In 1867, construction of the Santa Clara County Courthouse was completed but new courthouse failed to convince the legislature to move the state capital back to San Jose.