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First Church of Christ Scientist, a historic vacant building at 43 East St. James Street in downtown San Jose, seen in February 2024.

SAN JOSE – A historic preservation group has released its annual list of the “Endangered Eight,” a group of properties in San Jose that activists warn could disappear or fall into disrepair due to development or neglect.

The most recent properties at risk include an abandoned church, a fire-ravaged hotel, an old farm, a youth center, a former sports arena, a 19th-century winery, a famous cannery and a long-closed movie theater, according to the report released by the Preservation Action Council of San Jose.

A burned-out building at 79-81 East San Fernando Street in downtown San Jose, the two-story site of the historic Lawrence Hotel, photographed in June 2024. (George Avalos/Bay Area News Group)
A burned-out building at 79-81 East San Fernando Street in downtown San Jose, the two-story site of the historic Lawrence Hotel, photographed in June 2024. (George Avalos/Bay Area News Group)
Building on the property of Sakauye Farm at 2620 Seely Avenue in north San Jose. (Preservation Action Council of San Jose)
Building on the property of Sakauye Farm at 2620 Seely Avenue in north San Jose. (Preservation Action Council of San Jose)
SAN JOSE, CALIFORNIA – DECEMBER 19: The closed MACSA Youth Center at Sinclair Drive and Lavonne Avenue in San Jose, California on Thursday, December 19, 2019. (Randy Vazquez / Bay Area News Group)
MACSA Youth Center at 660 Sinclair Drive in San Jose, photographed in 2019. (Randy Vazquez/Bay Area News Group)
Forman's Arena at 447 West St. John Street in downtown San Jose, built in 1926. (Preservation Action Council of San Jose)
Forman's Arena at 447 West St. John Street in downtown San Jose, built in 1926. (Preservation Action Council of San Jose)

“These irreplaceable sites embody tangible, authentic connections to San José’s rich past and vibrant present, but are under imminent threat due to neglect, development pressures and a lack of recognition of their cultural significance,” PAC SJ’s new report says.

The heritage conservation group says the latest list is a sign of which sites currently require the most attention.

Bayside Canning Company at 1290 Hope Street in the Alviso neighborhood of north San Jose, built in 1925. (Preservation Action Council of San Jose)
Bayside Canning Company at 1290 Hope Street in the Alviso neighborhood of north San Jose, built in 1925. (Preservation Action Council of San Jose)
Almaden Winery Cellar, 5533 Le Franc Drive in San Jose, built in the 1850s. (Preservation Action Council of San Jose)
Almaden Winery Cellar, 5533 Le Franc Drive in San Jose, built in the 1850s. (Preservation Action Council of San Jose)
Burbank Theater, a historic former movie theater at 552 South Bascom Avenue in San Jose, photographed in June 2024. (George Avalos/Bay Area News Group)
Burbank Theater, a historic former movie theater at 552 South Bascom Avenue in San Jose, photographed in June 2024. (George Avalos/Bay Area News Group)

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