Golden Nail Winners
Jim Fox Golden Nail winner a stand out
San Jose Marriott hotel acknowledged in 2011 for architectural excellence
The San Jose Marriott hotel, 301 S. Market St., is the distinguished recipient of the 2011 Jim Fox Golden Nail, awarded by the San Jose Downtown Association for extraordinary contributions to the character of downtown.
Renamed in 2009 in honor of late developer Jim Fox for the focus he placed on downtown design quality, the Jim Fox Golden Nail is the highest honor the Association bestows. SJDA did not award the Jim Fox Golden Nail in 2012.
The Three Sixty Residences and San Jose Silicon Valley Chamber of Commerce buildings received Golden Nail awards at the Downtown Association’s “year-in-review” public meeting Dec. 14, 2012. The entry canopy at Three Sixty Residences, 360 S. Market St., earned the Golden Nail Element of Distinction award, which recognizes outstanding contributions to the beautification of downtown through unique attributes of a project.
“Located at the entry lobby for this distinctive mixed-use residential high rise, a simple, but elegantly detailed welded-steel and point-supported glass canopy solution acts as a delicate counterpoint to the tower form,” said Kent Mather, Downtown Design Committee chairman.
The Chamber of Commerce building, 101 W. Santa Clara St., was honored with a Golden Nail Beautification Award. The 1942 structure originally built for San Jose National Bank underwent significant rehabilitation in 2010:
u Damaged and cracked plaster was repaired throughout.
u Historically inappropriate awnings were removed and replaced.
u A new frameless glass storefront entry was installed.
u Historic windows were repaired.
u A new multi-colored paint scheme was developed to reinforce the civic character of the classic structure’s new use, and highlight its Art Deco roots.
The Marriott, an upscale 26-story, 506-room full-service hotel with 21,000 square feet of meeting space plus fine-dining restaurant, is only the second building to be acknowledged with a Jim Fox Golden Nail.
“This project really stood out as one of the city’s finest modern-era buildings,” Mather said.
Mather complimented architect Hornberger + Worstell for its use of colors, materials, forms, spaces and detailing to give the overall building a look of strength and elegance.
“The tower punctuates the city’s skyline and acts as a way-finder to convention goers from almost any downtown vantage point..especially looking south down Market Street,” Mather added.
The Marriott opened in April 2003 on a one-acre site adjacent to the ConventionCenter, at the corner of Market and San Carlos Streets. It is on the site of a former gas station and the original location of SJDA-produced Downtown Ice winter skating rink (1995-99)
“We’re identified as a San Francisco firm, but I want to set the record straight – I’m a Valley boy,” Worstell said. “I’ve lived here for 36 years and have seen the transitions in this wonderful city. I’m very proud, personally, to receive this award.”
Past Jim Fox Golden Nail Award recipients
|2011||San Jose Marriott, 301 S. Market St.|
|2009||Wilcox Block Buildings, 93-99 S. First St.|
Past Golden Nail Award recipients
|2012 - Element of Distinction||Three Sixty Residences, 360 S. Market St.|
|2012 - Beautification||San Jose Silicon Valley Chamber of Commerce Building, 101 W. Santa Clara St.|
|2010||Liquid Agency, 467 S. First St.|
|2008||Sainte Claire building, 311 S. First St. (Saratoga Capital, Inc., represented by Jim Fox)|
|2007||Alliance Building (Third and Santa Clara)|
|2007||John Stewart (local craftsman, for woodwork on multiple downtown buildings, including San Jose Athletic Club and Hotel Sainte Claire)|
|2006||State Meat Market (142-150 E. Santa Clara)|
|2005||S&H Green Stamps Redemption Center (96 N. Second)|
|2005||San Jose Building and Loan Association (81 W. Santa Clara)|
|2004||California Theatre (345 S. First)|
|2004||Hotel Montgomery (211 S. First)|
|2003||River Street Gardens (Julian at Hwy. 87)|
|2003||Golden Nail founder Judy Stabile|
|2002||Jim Fox for Hotel deAnza, Dohrmann building (335 S. First), New Century Building (17-25 E. Santa Clara) and Jose Theater (62 S. Second)|
|2002||Germania Hall (261 N. Second)|
|2001||Metropole (35 S. Market)|
|2001||First Unitarian Church (160 S. Third)|
|2000||Jim-Salata for Garden City Construction (618 S. First)|
|2000||Barry Swenson for Letitia Building (66-72 S. First) and Security Building (84 S. First)|
|1999||AP Stump’s-Mason Lefranc building (163 W. Santa Clara)|
|1999||DeCarolis Design and Marketing (476 S. First)|
|1999||Mac’s Club (39 Post)|
|1998||Waves Smokehouse and Saloon (65 Post)|
|1998||The Two Virgins (37 S. First)|
|1997||Stratta Grill & Bar (71 E. San Fernando)|
|1997||Workingman’s Emporium (260 N. First)|
|1997||Agenda Restaurant & Lounge (399 S. First)|