Inside the Ashworth-Remillard House

We’re taking you on a tour of one of San Jose’s oldest buildings, which dates back to the 1860s.

The women's parlor room with old wood furniture containing pictures of Countess Lillian Remillard Dandini.

This is the women’s parlor room of the house, adjacent from the men’s smoking room.

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Just across from Happy Hollow Park & Zoo is an unsuspecting house hidden by oak trees. What lies at 755 Story Road... indeed tells quite the story.

Though mostly known through word-of-mouth, the Ashworth-Remillard House stands as one of the oldest buildings in San Jose — and today, we’re taking you on a special tour.

A GIF of several features in the Ashworth-Remillard House, including antiques and the oldest brick made in San Jose.

There is a lot of history to discover within these walls.

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🕰️ A living time capsule

Built in the 1860s, the house is currently owned by Sue Cucuzza — a caretaker to the home’s history.

When Sue began work on the neglected house in 2007, she uncovered countless precious heirlooms among the refuse of time.

Today for example, look down and you may find delicate china, 1920s-era pocket watches + combs, paintings, and an old stove from 1865 — all stacked around the home. Many more items are still being categorized for several auctions this month. 👀

Look up, and you’ll observe the intricate hand-carved entryways, original Stonelight tiles, and even San Jose’s oldest clay brickdated 1855.

What else occupies the house? Well, Sue mentioned to us that several psychics have visited the property, and reported sensing about 7-12 ghosts roaming around at a time... 👻

Remillard-stamped bricks on the ground.

The Remillard-stamped bricks are strewn all over the property.

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🗝️ Notable owners

Many of the house’s artifacts can be traced back to its more renowned owners.

🧱 Building towards the future

Sue’s long-term goal is to transform the house into an event venue, while maintaining its historic character.

But even after 15+ years of work, there is still a lot to be done. If you’re interested in lending a hand, or even taking a tour yourself, contact Sue.

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