Former IBM Cottle Road Campus
- Baylis, Douglas
- San Jose
- Building Type:
- 5600 Cottle Road, San Jose, California
- Current Name:
- International Business Machines Corp.: West Coast Research, Education & Manufacturing Center
- Current Use:
- Vacant and industrial
- Current Condition:
- Campus core: poor; Hitachi buildings: excellent
- At Risk
In an effort to create a pleasant working environment for IBM employees (a novel concept at the time), architect John Savage Bolles collaborated with landscape architect Douglas Baylis to incorporate gardens, patios, and reflection ponds into the plant’s overall design. The campus was further enhanced by a collection of modern art including sculptures by Bay Area artists Bob Howard and Gurdon Woods.
The central core of the former IBM campus is now vacant, behind chain link fence. Several former IBM buildings are currently in use by Hitachi. Former property of IBM Research building (Building #25) was used for the construction of a Lowe’s home improvement store in 2008, following a suspicious fire.
Historic IBM Building 25, Continuity, Preservation Action Council of San Jose Newsletter, Summer 2003
IBM building, circa 1958, taken from an early IBM brochure, photographer believed to be Ansel Adams.
IBM campus view, vintage advertisement, 1962, photographer unknown.
IBM campus aerial, Official Chamber of Commerce Photo, 1969, photographer unknown.