Myers House 759 Madison Street Classic Box c. 1905

The Classic Box architectural style was a creative response to site constraints and fashionable trends, in areas on the West Coast experiencing a population growth at the turn-of-the-century. A plan book published circa 1900, offered an elegant but economical 10-room "Classic Box" house, that cost only $10,000 to build. Unlike the spread-eagle posture of the Queen Anne, parts of the Classic Box house were retracted into an orderly package with flush planes, flattened ornamentation and few projecting parts. It was capped by a broad peaked roof with a dormer window projecting from the middle.

Constructed in 1905 on Lot 9 of the C. C. Morse Subdivision, this home is a two story Classic Box structure exhibiting both Neoclassical and Colonial Revival details. The square building is sheathed in wooden clapboard siding. The roof is hipped with wide overhanging eaves. A dormer window sticks its head out from the middle - a hipped roof within a hipped roof. Square columns supported on a wooden railing, support the roof of the front porch.

Originally from Iowa, Horace A. Myers arrived in Santa Clara in 1885, a widower with 2 children. Here he met and married Ruth Thompson, the daughter of Benjamin Franklin Thompson, an early arrival who helped pioneer the Santa Clara Valley in the 1850s. Prior to his arrival Horace had been in construction. Here, he gained employment at the Pacific Manufacturing Company as foreman of the company’s Coffin Department, working his way up to managing their plant in Tacoma, Washington for 10 years. Upon his return to Santa Clara Horace became the Sexton at the City’s Cemetery, holding that position for 35 years. As sexton, he played a key role in the 1906 earthquake tragedy at Agnews State Hospital, with the burial of 41 Agnews’ earthquake victims in the Town’s cemetery. Interestingly, the cost of their interment was $20/person; $5 for the gravesite, $5 for the sexton and $10 for the undertaker.