Several historical societies have connections with local libraries. Visit your local library and see if you can connect with one. The people can be very interesting. I've enjoyed a few visits with them.
Some general San Jose information at http://julianalee.com/san-jose.htm
San Jose home values at http://julianalee.com/san-jose/san-jose-statistics.htm
Digging up local history can be fun. Good luck.
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Please clarify who you are? What your interest is in the home? Why you want or need to know who built it? And whether you are or already have an agent representing you?
Not to be rude but, your question of professionally licensed Real Estate agents/brokers like myself, is a bit like walking up to a patient's room in a hospital and asking of a passing physician, whose in that room? what's their condition? and who is their physician?
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