Henry's Hi-Life

Henry's Hi-Life (HMZFY)

Location: San Jose, CA 95110 Santa Clara County
Country: United States of America

N 37° 20.117', W 121° 53.892'

  • 0 check ins
  • 0 favorites
Henry's Hi-Life, once known as the Torino Hotel, was opened in 1960 by Henry Puckett (1914-1986). Originally a boarding house for dozens of newly immigrated Italian workers, the building was first named the new Progress Hotel.

Charles Sacco, a cook, was the owner of the new Progress Hotel, moving the existing structure to this site after the 1906 earthquake and adding a six room, two-story addition in 1908. The architectural style and building materials used in construction are typical of the buildings originally built in the 1880's.

The business changed hands in 1914 and was re-named the Torino Hotel. Owner Bartolomeo Vinassa, who immigrated to San Jose in 1903 and operated a nearby hotel, moved his business into this structure. Early directories list the address as the northwest corner of San Augustine and Pleasant Street, or 301 San Augustine Street. The Torino Hotel, operated by Bartolomeo and Caroline Vinassa, was widely known for serving generous portions of Italian food and providing fellowship for immigrant workers. A bocce ball court was located just north of the hotel.

Henry Puckett acquired the abandon hotel in 1960 and restored the building, adding a bar that was built in 1933 and salvaged from an old San Francisco hotel. Doris Puckett, Henry's widow, carried on the tradition of Henry's Hi-Live by serving great food and supporting good times for nearly five decades.
Series This marker is part of the E Clampus Vitus series
Year Placed2008
Placed ByE Clampus Vitus, Mountain Charlie Chapter No. 1850
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Tuesday, October 7th, 2014 at 8:00pm PDT -07:00
Sorry, but we don't have a picture of this historical marker yet. If you have a picture, please share it with us. It's simple to do. 1) Become a member. 2) Adopt this historical marker listing. 3) Upload the picture.
Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)10S E 597603 N 4132636
Decimal Degrees37.33528333, -121.89820000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 37° 20.117', W 121° 53.892'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds37° 20' 7.02" N, 121° 53' 53.52" W
Driving DirectionsGoogle Maps
Area Code(s)408, 650, 831, 714
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 317 W St John St, San Jose CA 95110, US
Alternative Maps Google Maps, MapQuest, Bing Maps, Yahoo Maps, MSR Maps, OpenCycleMap, MyTopo Maps, OpenStreetMap

Is this marker missing? Are the coordinates wrong? Do you have additional information that you would like to share with us? If so, check in.

Check Ins  check in   |    all

Have you seen this marker? If so, check in and tell us about it.

Comments 0 comments

Maintenance Issues
  1. What historical period does the marker represent?
  2. What historical place does the marker represent?
  3. What type of marker is it?
  4. What class is the marker?
  5. What style is the marker?
  6. Does the marker have a number?
  7. This marker needs at least one picture.
  8. Can this marker be seen from the road?
  9. Is the marker in the median?