ABSTRACT

Naglee Park is a residential neighborhood in San José, California named for Brigadier General Henry Morris Naglee, a Civil War veteran. Naglee began building his country home on the 140-acre property in 1858, just one year after nearby Minns’ Evening Normal School opened, today known as San José State University. Naglee died in 1886 and stipulated in his will that the estate could not be subdivided until his youngest daughter turned thirty years of age. In 1901, his two daughters developed the land, which was the only remaining landscaped area near downtown, marketing it as Naglee Park. Prominent families of San José bought lots and hired architects to design homes to suit their personal tastes, creating the first local subdivision. 1 Naglee Park’s diverse architecture distinguishes it from the tract housing subdivisions developed after World War II in south and east San José. Nonetheless, the leafy streets and manicured lawns evoke a suburban feel less than ten blocks from downtown.