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Hayes Mansion

History: 
    Hayes Mansion
 in San Jose

History

The Hayes Family, led by matriarch, Mary Hayes Chynoweth, became wealthy through their iron ore mining ventures in Wisconsin and Michigan during the 1880s. The family relocated to San Jose, California in 1887, after purchasing 239 acres and a 22,000-square foot Queen Anne-style home with more than 50 rooms. Sadly, this home burned to the ground in 1899. In 1903, California architect George Page was commissioned by Mary Hayes Chynoweth, to build a new home for the Hayes Family. Intended to provide a triple residence for the Chynoweths and growing families of Mary's two sons, Everis Hayes and Jay Orly Hayes, the home's design incorporated the latest fire safety features of the day, including 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.

Early on, the property was self-sufficient, with its own power plant, a post office, railroad station, carriage stop, lodging for 40 ranch hands, and a chapel. The family grew fruits and vegetables and raised its own livestock. Everis Hayes and Jay Hayes went on to help develop the Santa Clara Valley fruit industry into a worldwide producer of dried fruit and also became the publishers of the San Jose Mercury News. Three U.S. Presidents visited the mansion during this period.

The Hayes Family sold the property during the 1950s, after which the building remained vacant for some time. 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 of meeting space and 214 guest rooms and is surrounded by a 20-acre park. The Hayes Mansion was listed in the National Register of Historic Places in 1975 and also was designated a California Historical Landmark in the same year.

Hayes Mansion, a member of Historic Hotels of America since 2019, dates back to 1905.


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