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.

Three Sixty ResidencesThe 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 CommerceThe 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:

  • Damaged and cracked plaster was repaired throughout.
  • Historically inappropriate awnings were removed and replaced.
  • A new frameless glass storefront entry was installed.
  • Historic windows were repaired.
  • 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

2012No award
2011San Jose Marriott, 301 S. Market St.
2010No award
2009Wilcox Block Buildings, 93-99 S. First St.

Past Golden Nail Award recipients

2013 - Element of DistinctionThe Gold Building lobby, 55 S. Market St.
2013 - Beautification CityView Plaza, Equus Capital Partners
2013 - BeautificationOrchestria Palm Court, 27 E. William St.
2012 - Element of DistinctionThree Sixty Residences, 360 S. Market St.
2012 - BeautificationSan Jose Silicon Valley Chamber of Commerce Building, 101 W. Santa Clara St.
2010Liquid Agency, 467 S. First St.
2008Sainte Claire building, 311 S. First St. (Saratoga Capital, Inc., represented by Jim Fox)
2007Alliance Building (Third and Santa Clara)
2007John Stewart (local craftsman, for woodwork on multiple downtown buildings, including San Jose Athletic Club and Hotel Sainte Claire)
2006State Meat Market (142-150 E. Santa Clara)
2005S&H Green Stamps Redemption Center (96 N. Second)
2005San Jose Building and Loan Association (81 W. Santa Clara)
2004California Theatre (345 S. First)
2004Hotel Montgomery (211 S. First)
2003River Street Gardens (Julian at Hwy. 87)
2003Golden Nail founder Judy Stabile
2002Jim Fox for Hotel deAnza, Dohrmann building (335 S. First), New Century Building (17-25 E. Santa Clara) and Jose Theater (62 S. Second)
2002Germania Hall (261 N. Second)
2001Metropole (35 S. Market)
2001First Unitarian Church (160 S. Third)
2000Jim-Salata for Garden City Construction (618 S. First)
2000Barry Swenson for Letitia Building (66-72 S. First) and Security Building (84 S. First)
1999AP Stump’s-Mason Lefranc building (163 W. Santa Clara)
1999DeCarolis Design and Marketing (476 S. First)
1999Mac’s Club (39 Post)
1998Waves Smokehouse and Saloon (65 Post)
1998The Two Virgins (37 S. First)
1997Stratta Grill & Bar (71 E. San Fernando)
1997Workingman’s Emporium (260 N. First)
1997Agenda Restaurant & Lounge (399 S. First)