The sun sets behind the spire of the Bank of Italy building in San Jose, Calif., Monday, Dec. 11, 2017. (Karl Mondon/Bay Area News Group)

Iconic Bank of Italy building is bought, signaling rising downtown San Jose interest

The Bank of Italy office building, deemed by experts to be downtown San Jose’s most iconic tower, has been bought by investors based in Menlo Park and Manhattan, according to public records that indicate WeWork has taken an ownership interest in the high rise.

Through several transactions in December and October, two investment groups that are working together paid $33.8 million for the historic 90-year-old office tower, along with an adjacent parking lot and a building that contains Lido’s nightclub.

“We are a local group of investors who care deeply about an iconic building that was in need of repair,” Gary Dillabough, a realty investor and venture capitalist who is leading the efforts to revive the downtown San Jose icon, told this news organization Monday. “Our capital partner is back east.”

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