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More History and Architecture articles, including 601 Melville and 900 University with lots of pictures!
Don't miss this! The long anticipated exhibition presented by the California Historical Society, Juana Briones y Su California ~ Pionera, Fundadora, Curandera, is open! This is the first truly bilingual exhibition at CHS, and runs until June 8, 2014. Learn how this adaptable and undaunted woman experienced the transformation of California under the flags of three countires — Spain, Mexico, and the United States. See how this multi–ethnic woman, mother, landowner, businesswoman, healer, and humanitarian influenced California's history on a wide–ranging yet distinctly human scale.
In addition to treasured artifacts and manuscripts borrowed from institutions throughout the state, this exhibition will feature the last remnant of Rancho la Purísima Concepción — the portion of the wall from the original 1850s structure that PAST helped secure!
The California Historical Society is located at 678 Mission Street, San Francisco.
Read more about Juana.
Take an enjoyable survey of your opinions about local architecture. University South resident Doug Smith has created a short survey containing pictures of some of our local buildings. You select the ones you like. Do it now!
Opening day at the Eichler Swim and Tennis club on Louis Road. See ribbon cutting photos. Joseph Eichler cut the ribbon, but if you recognize anyone else, please let us know!
Have you seen these?
Read about architectural styles found in Palo Alto and where examples can be found.
A newly discovered listing of important local people from the Palo Alto Historical Association's files which also provides an outline of Palo Alto's early history and links to many historic photographs!
More articles written by Margaret Feuer from the bi-weekly series in the Palo Alto Daily News. Additions include Escondite Cottage, Frenchman's Tower, Rengstorff House, and Belvoir Springs. Check back for more!
Just added, more pictures of the 2010 Preservation Awards winning properties!
Then and Now... the windows on the tower are the clue to the identity of this 1895 house at 446 Forest Avenue.
Palo Alto Post Office
Read about the history of the Palo Alto Post Office at 380 Hamilton Avenue. The building is currently for sale and the City of Palo Alto is considering purchasing it. This and other articles PAST published in the Palo Alto Daily News are here.
This 1941 photo of University Avenue shows the original location of Congdon and Crome on the northwest corner in the center of the picture. This was before the now familiar brick facade of Mills the Florist. Congdon and Crome will be missed!
Photos of the centennial homes can be found by clicking on the highlighted addresses on the Centennial Houses page.
See photos of the 2013 Preservation Award winners: Palo Alto Art Center, Hoover Pavilion, 206–210 Homer Avenue, 212–214 Homer Avenue, 859 Lytton Avenue, and 1061 Bryant Street. Also just added, lots of photos of the 2009 – 2012 winners!
A sampling of 1913 homes. . .
Attention researchers! The History Desk and Archives manned by historian Steve Staiger is now at its new, temporary site in room H–5 at Cubberley, 4000 Middlefield Road. Steve's hours remain the same, Tuesdays from 4 to 8 p.m. and Thursdays from 1 to 5 p.m. Most of the old photos used by PAST are from the Palo Alto Historical Association's archives.
Did you see these? Group photo of owners of centennial houses and preservation awards with their plaques taken at the garden of the Williams House (MOAH), photos and more details about the charming cottage at 894 California Avenue and pictures of lots of houses on Webster Street! Photos from previous preservation award presentations!
If you have photos or information to share, please contact us!
Continuing local tid-bits not to be missed! PAST is providing a bi-weekly article about an historic structure in Palo Alto in the Palo Alto Daily News. It appears in the Friday real estate section. In case you missed any of them, many are posted on our website.
Most of us are aware that Julia Morgan, the designer of Hearst Castle, also designed buildings in Palo Alto. PAST is pleased to acknowledge her achievements and her addition to the University of California Wall of Fame.
If you are a Julia Morgan fan, be sure to check out the on-line exhibition from the Kennedy Library at Cal Poly http://lib.calpoly.edu/specialcollections/architecture/juliamorgan/
Demolitions . . . Always a concern. . . .
Two homes by prominent Palo Alto architects were demolished this summer. Others, both large and small are identified on the Demolition or appropriate house list page. Remember, "the greenest house is almost always the one already built". (Spring 2012, Preservation Magazine)
Possible demolition at 259 Santa Rita Avenue?
Find it fast
Architects and builders who worked in Palo Alto into the 1960's.
Preservation Awards by Year — the page is much smoother now!
Photos of houses by address
Daily News Articles
Hangar One things are looking up!
Juana Briones The wall is on display!
National Register Properties
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Take a look... at the master index of houses on this Website! There are links to houses all over town. If you have a photo of your house to add, please contact us! It could be an older photo, a more recent one, or even better, historic!
Palo Alto Remembered: Stories from a City's Past find out more here
If you don't have access to cable, you can also watch on your computer at the same times on the web page for the Media Center: www.communitymediacenter.net.
If you missed any of the broadcasts, such as the programs about Edward Durell Stone, Jeanne McDonnell's presentation on Juana Briones, or the presentation that included 2005 Bryant Street, they are available on DVD to borrow from the History Desk located in Room H-5 at the Cubberley Center. The History Desk is open Tuesday evenings from 4 to 8 and Thursday afternoons from 1 to 5.
- Photos of Mayfield School, including class pictures from the 1930s
- Links to short videos on the Cardinal Hotel and the Roth Building on the Resources page
- Details about all past Holiday House Tours, including 2012
- PAST board list
- Photos of the future History Museum building on Homer Avenue. See pictures of the future home of the Palo Alto History Museum on our Advocacy page and read about progress towards converting the Roth Building to the Palo Alto History Museum!
- The Inventory page comments now identifies homes and properties that have won Preservation Awards and/or have been on a Holiday House Tour. This information is also found in the Master Index of Houses.
- The latest Preservation award winners are on the Preservation Awards page as are pictures of winners from 2007 to 2012.
Palo Alto homes feature a rich variety of architectural styles. Medieval style homes have a story book appeal. Can you recognize and find them all? Have you seen the one hidden at 1566 Cowper Street?
Discover more Palo Alto styles and see more sketches.
Links to videos from the Palo Alto Historical Association's Exploring the Archives . . . National Register Properties in Palo Alto . . . Places to Visit . . . and more are on our Resources page.
Do you recognize anything in these photos? Do you know where they were taken?
University Avenue, 1941
Nortree Hall, not rebuilt after 1906 earthquake
Byxbee Real Estate Office
Dr. Russell Lee and Birge Clark
Escondite Cottage. Do you know who lived here?
Board of Directors of the Bank of Palo Alto
Do you have an old photo to share?
Please contact us!
Learn more about PAST
Hangar One Read more at the Save Hangar One website.
Not that far from home. . .
Nevada City residents are struggling with the realities of maintaining two art deco treasures. Read the National Trust for Historic Preservation's story of the week about this historic Gold Rush town.
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