777 North First Street, 5th Floor
San Jose, CA 95112
Barry Swenson

Artists in Residence

Barry Swenson Builder created San Jose’s first live/work project. In the mid-1980s, a decade before the city established its live/work policies, Barry Swenson Builder undertook the conversion of an old warehouse into artist studios. Although there were concerns expressed by the neighbors about noise and traffic from client visits, city planning staff recommended the project as a way to bring artists and small businesses close to the downtown. Today, almost all of the units house a wide range or artists and professionals, and only a small number are used for purely residential purposes.

Sustainable Characteristics
• Mixed use
• Housing choice