Sikh Gurdwara Graces Skyline with Balance of Old and New Worlds

January 28, 2005

Source: Sikh Network News!OpenDocument

On January 28, 2005 Sikh Network News reported, "the new Sikh temple in San Jose's [CA] Evergreen foothills, which opened in August, proves the powerful influence of memory and tradition shaping local architecture. The gurdwara sits foursquare on a rise with a spectacular view of the valley, one of several prominent monuments (including Evergreen Valley high school, a retail area designed as an old-fashioned town center around its plaza, and a planned library) gracing the Evergreen district. A tall promenade rings the structure; colonnades link it with two auxiliary buildings. The columns are fluted with lotus capitals. The decorative scallops of the arches were originally created to catch the light and shadow of hot India, and they work just as effectively in our warm, sunny climate. This is Phase 1; a larger, 70,000-square-foot addition is scheduled to break ground in the spring. The gurdwara serves as a gathering place for the South Bay's large Sikh community."