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Welcome! Spring walking tours are here!

May 21 — College Terrace

TODAY! May 28 — Crescent Park —Details

June 18 — Homer Avenue
(Note: date changed from June 4)


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A Community Workshop for the Professorville Historic Design Guidelines  was held on February 23, 2016. It was a lively, interactive session led by Matthew Weintraub from the City of Palo Alto, and Page & Turnbull representatives Ruth Todd and Jonathan Rusch. Two more community meetings are scheduled for later this spring.

New:  All identified houses built in 1916 are listed! Photos from the May 15 program will be posted soon!


 Was your house built in 1917 or earlier?
Plaques for 1916 were distributed on May 15 at the Lucie Stern Community Center. This house on Emerson Street was. and now the search for houses built in 1917 is on!


1128 Emerson

Have you looked lately? Take a look at the Inventory page—every listing with a photograph now includes a thumbnail to help you identify buildings and most listings have links to details about them! Thumbnails are also included on the Master Index to Houses pages for all houses that have been photographed!


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Have you driven down Palo Alto Avenue lately? Or glanced towards San Franscisquito Creek while crossing Hale Street? The pump house has ungone restoration to repair the ravages of time on this charming city building! The renovation is complete—see the after picture below!

pump work pump house with green door



Find the schedule here this spring!


Homer Avenue

College Terrace


Crescent Park


Professorville tour

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Have you seen this man?  

     He's locked in the now closed University Arts store on Hamilton Avenue.

Is he still there now that the building is open again?


He escaped!

(Photo taken May 8, 2016.)

261 Hamilton



A sampling of homes from Mayfield! (Otherwise know as the California Avenue area.)
2053 Park 2065 Park 2110 Park
423 Oxford 390 Oxford 304 Oxford

Have you followed these links?

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 weekly series in the Palo Alto Daily News. Additions include the Payne Douglass Mansion (2 articles) on Valpariso in Menlo Park that is now part of Menlo School.

Residents of the Los Arboles Eichler neighborhood gathered together to restore their sign and the clean up the overgrowth at Middlefield and Ames Avenue. See how the work progressed!

Then and Now... the windows on the tower are the clue to the identity of this 1895 house at 446 Forest Avenue.

433 Forest Avenue. John Moss photo  446 Forest Avenue today.   446 Forest side view


Attention researchers! The History Desk and Archives manned by historian Steve Staiger is now at its new site in room K–7 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.



Continuing local tid-bits not to be missed!  Even though the Palo Alto Daily News is no longer publishing history articles in the Friday real estate section, you can find most of them right here!


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?

259 Santa Rita review signage


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!
Birge Clark
Early Palo Altans
Photos of houses by address
Daily News Articles
Edgewood Plaza
Hangar One
History Links
Charles Hodges
Juana Briones
Los Arboles
National Register Properties
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More easy links:

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 published by the Palo Alto Historical Association find out more

Playing on Heritage:  In honor of the 100th centennial of its clubhouse, a re-run of the 2009 Palo Alto Historical Association program, Charles Dickens and the Woman's Club of Palo Alto.   Note: Schedule is subject to change.

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8 p.m.




10:30 a.m.




1 p.m.   

Note: The monthly Heritage programs are also shown on Channel 28 at less convenient times.

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:

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 K-7 at the Cubberley Center on Middlefield Road. The History Desk is open Tuesday evenings from 4 to 8 and Thursday afternoons from 1 to 5.

Architectural Styles



Palo Alto homes feature a rich variety of architectural styles. There are several similar scattered throughout Palo Alto.

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 Ave. 1941
University Avenue, 1941
Nortree Hall
Nortree Hall, not rebuilt after 1906 earthquake
318 Middlefield
318 Middlefield
Byxbee Real Estate
Byxbee Real Estate Office
Russell Lee and Birge Clark
Dr. Russell Lee and Birge Clark
Escondite Cottage on Stanford University Campus
Stanford cottage. Do you know who lived here?
BOD Bank of Palo Alto
Board of Directors of the Bank of Palo Alto

Do you have an old photo to share?
Please contact us!


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 about this historic Gold Rush town.


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