Fairmont Plaza

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Fairmont Plaza
Former names Knight-Ridder Building
Silicon Valley Financial Center
General information
Status Complete
Type Commercial offices
Architectural style Postmodern
Location 50 West San Fernando
San Jose, California
Coordinates 37°20′01″N 121°53′21″W / 37.3336°N 121.8892°W / 37.3336; -121.8892Coordinates: 37°20′01″N 121°53′21″W / 37.3336°N 121.8892°W / 37.3336; -121.8892
Completed 1988
Owner CBRE Global Investors
Roof 79.55 m (261.0 ft)
Technical details
Floor count 17
Floor area 326,000 sq ft (30,300 m2)
Lifts/elevators 6
Design and construction
Architect Skidmore, Owings & Merrill

Fairmont Plaza is a 17-storey, 79.55 m (261.0 ft) skyscraper in downtown San Jose, California. When completed in 1988 as the Knight-Ridder Building, it was the tallest building in the city; it is currently the sixth. San Jose's first skyscraper, The 1909, seven-story, Garden City Bank & Trust Building, and the 1926, seven-story, American Trust Building were razed on the site to make way for the project.

CBRE Global Investors purchased the building in 2012 about US$90 million.[4]


  1. ^ Fairmont Plaza at Emporis
  2. ^ Fairmont Plaza at SkyscraperPage
  3. ^ Fairmont Plaza at Structurae
  4. ^ Nathan Donato-Weinstein (3 December 2012). "Downtown's Knight-Ridder building in contract to sell". The Silicon Valley Business Journal. Retrieved 3 August 2013.