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James F. Teixeira
Director of Parks & Recreation

Email: Parks & Recreation
Classes: 408-615-3140
Events: 408-615-3140
Seniors: 408-615-3170
Rentals: 408-615-3140
Field Rentals: 408-615-3160
Pools: 408-615-3140
Junior Theatre: 408-615-3161
Dog Park: 408-615-3144
Administration: 408-615-2260
Fax: 408-260-9719

OFFICE HOURS
Monday - Friday
8:00A - 12:00P, 1:00P - 5:00P

ADDRESS
1500 Warburton Avenue
Santa Clara, CA 95050

Contact Us

James F. Teixeira
Director of Parks & Recreation

Email: Parks & Recreation
Classes: 408-615-3140
Events: 408-615-3140
Seniors: 408-615-3170
Rentals: 408-615-3140
Field Rentals: 408-615-3160
Pools: 408-615-3140
Junior Theatre: 408-615-3161
Dog Park: 408-615-3144
Administration: 408-615-2260
Fax: 408-260-9719

OFFICE HOURS
Monday - Friday
8:00A - 12:00P, 1:00P - 5:00P

ADDRESS
1500 Warburton Avenue
Santa Clara, CA 95050

Agnews Historic Cemetery & Museum

Agnews Memorial CenterAgnews Historic Cemetery & Museum
1250 Hope Drive, Santa Clara, CA 95054

Tel: (408) 615-3790
Fax: (408) 244-8660
Email: Cemetery@santaclaraca.gov

The State of California closed the Agnews State Hospital West Campus in 1995. Shortly afterwards, Sun Microsystems became interested in developing a large portion of the property for their headquarters campus. Measure "D" on the June 2, 1998 ballot was approved by Santa Clara City voters allowing the Sun campus development to move forward. The Agnews Hospital Cemetery was subsequently deeded to the City of Santa Clara by the State of California as a condition of the project development.

This brick visitors center building was originally located near a water tower on the Agnews West Campus. The building was constructed on hospital grounds after the 1906 earthquake, using bricks gathered by hospital clients and staff from the former hospital building called the “Castle,” and from other earthquake ruins. During the Sun Microsystems campus development, the building was moved to this location.

After Sun Microsystems bought the property in the late 1990s, the brick building was removed from its foundation and moved to the cemetery, to be restored and turned into a visitors center for the cemetery, which was renamed the Agnews Historic Cemetery. The City completed restoration of the building in 2009, and landscaping was added to the site to allow it to blend with a new residential neighborhood constructed around it. A viewing gazebo was built adjacent to the visitors center and a wrought iron fence now surrounds the burial area. To help preserve the City of Santa Clara's historic past, the City funded this project over several years as a Capital Improvement Project, under the supervision of the Parks & Recreation Department Cemetery Services Division.

View a short video clip of the museum and grounds. A video documenting Agnews history can be purchased for $20.00. Contact the Cemetery office for instructions on how to purchase the video.

Agnews Historic Cemetery
This cemetery was first used after 1906, with burials continuing through the 1960s. View this solemn place from the gazebo area.

There are no burials from the 1906 earthquake at this cemetery. Forty-one of the earthquake victims from Agnews are buried at the City’s cemetery, Mission City Memorial Park, located on Winchester Boulevard. There is a dedicatory plaque to these earthquake victims located near the Mission City Memorial Park offices.

Agnews Museum
A place to remember the lives of the people that worked and lived at the Agnews State Hospital and later Agnews Developmental Center from 1888 to 2009. Artifacts and photos of the past are displayed for the public to view. The museum and the viewing gazebo are open by appointment on Fridays only between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.  Please call (408) 615-3790 for more information and details on tours and hours of operation.

Last updated: 3/27/2013 2:58:05 PM