Local history has it that in the late 19th century and early 20th century, Samuel Franklin Leib was a successful San Jose attorney who represented famous and wealthy clients. Mr. Leib’s roster of aristocratic clients included Mrs. Sarah Winchester and Mrs. Jane Stanford.
By all accounts Mr. Leib lived an affluent life. He owned a luxurious mansion that was part of his prestigious and sprawling estate situated on The Alameda in San Jose. Today, all that remains of Mr. Leib's mansion and estate is the building that was used as a carriage house. This 19th century structure is now the headquarters of The Fuller Law Firm, PC.
Some local historians believe that the modern-day office building includes the carriage house and the living quarters for the staff who were in charge of Mr. Leib's horses and carriages. Others believe that a portion of the modern-day building was added later, after Mr. Leib passed away. Some believe the addition was made right around the First World War.
If you are a fan of old architecture, you may enjoy the following photographs of this old and charming office building. The clients who are served in this office today may not be as wealthy or famous as Mrs. Stanford or Mrs. Winchester. But to us they are far more important.