|Location||200 Edenvale Avenue San Jose, California 95136|
|Architectural style||Mediterranean Revival|
|NRHP reference #||75000481 |
|Added to NRHP||August 1, 1975|
Originally the home of the Hayes family, the mansion is regarded as one of the best examples of late 19th-century Mediterranean Revival architecture in the Santa Clara Valley. It is a California Historical Landmark and listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Architect George Page was commissioned in 1903 by Mary Chynoweth, widow of Anson Hayes and wife of San Jose attorney Thomas Chynoweth, to build a home to replace the Hayes family's wooden English Baroque mansion, which had burned to the ground in 1899. Intended to provide a triple residence for the Chynoweths and growing families of Mary's two sons (Everis A. Hayes and Jay Orly Hayes), the home's design incorporated the latest fire safety features of the day.
Early on, the property was self-sufficient, with its own power plant, a post office, railroad station, carriage stop, lodgings for 40 ranch hands, and a chapel. The family grew fruits and vegetables and raised its own livestock. Everis A. Hayes and Jay Hayes went on to help develop the Santa Clara Valley fruit industry and became the publishers of the San Jose Mercury. Three U.S. Presidents visited the mansion during their prominence.
The family sold the property during the 1950s, after which the building remained vacant for some time then became dilapidated. Purchased by the City of San Jose during the 1990s, the property was renovated and expanded to its present state. The building now contains 33,000 square feet (3,100 m2) of meeting space and 214 guest rooms and is surrounded by a 20-acre (8.1 ha) park.
The 41,000-square-foot (3,800 m2) Mediterranean villa features exotic woods, imported marble and ornate stained glass windows. Constructed in the shape of a Maltese Cross, its long center section contains an 18-foot (5.45 m) wide solarium connecting the north and south wings.
A loggia connects the east with the west. Walls are stucco coated double brick. Fire-safety features include fire hose cabinets connected to water tanks on the third floor and a kitchen located in a separate building connected to the mansion by a glass and marble conservatory.
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- "Hayes Mansion". Office of Historic Preservation, California State Parks. Retrieved 2012-10-14.
- "Hayes Mansion". California's Historic Silicon Valley. National Park Service. Retrieved 2007-03-13.
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