Yung See San Fong House

16660 Cypress Way, Los Gatos, California


Yung See San Fong (House)


Photo from the Historic American Buildings Survey

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Nestled in the picturesque hills above Los Gatos is this unique and eclectic dwelling, a combination of Oriental decorative motifs and pagoda roofs together with western massing and lay-out. Yung See San Fong, "Young's Home in the Heart of the Hills," was completed in 1917 by Ruth Comfort Mitchell Young, a writer, and her husband, Sanborn Young, a gentleman farmer, conservationist and later California State Senator. The design of the house was inspired by a Chinese play, The Sweetmeat Game, which Mrs. Young had written. Materials utilized in the house's construction include stucco, wooden shake shingles and board and batten siding, which provide an interesting composition. The interior boasts handcarved wooden panels with Chinese characters. Commanding a magnificent view of the Santa Clara Valley, the "bungahigh" is unique in Northern California. As the Youngs were prominent politically and civically, many well known people visited here including President Hoover. -- Historic American Buildings Survey (HABS CA-2070)

National Register information 

Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on September 8, 1983
Reference number
Architectural style
Other architectural type; Chinese Influences
Areas of significance
Entertainment/Recreation; Literature; Politics/Government; Architecture
Level of significance
Evaluation criteria
A - Event; C - Design/Construction
Property type
Historic function
Single dwelling
Current function
Single dwelling
Periods of significance
1950-1974; 1900-1924; 1925-1949