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Welcome! Just posted! Photos from the Preservation Awards and Plaque presentations.

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It's Spring and time for walking tours! Join us on Sunday, June 14 in Professorville** for our next tour. All tours start at 10 a.m. and are listed below.

April 11 — Homer Avenue

May 9 (Saturday) — Professorville

May 16 (Saturday) — College Terrace

** June 14 (Sunday) — Professorville — Led by Kris Zavoli. Meet at 1005 Bryant (corner of Addison and Bryant). Note: This tour is on SUNDAY.

June 20 (Saturday) — Crescent Park— Led by Margaret Feuer. Meet at the Squire House, 900 University, (corner of Univesity and Seneca).

The Downtown tour is not scheduled at this time.

For a preview of our historic architectural styles, learn more here, and to see what some of our early architects and builders created, look here.

Have you driven down Palo Alto Avenue lately? The pump house has ungone restoration to repair the ravages of time on this charming city building! (This is a "before" picture.) The renovation is complete--watch for the "after" picture--coming soon.

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Have you seen this man? He's locked in the now closed University Arts store on Hamilton. Will he still be there when the building is open again?

Greg Brown mural

1915 plaque Was your house built in 1915? Please let us know so it can receive a plaque next year. Below are two 1915 homes . . .

340 Coleridge 755 Santa Ynez
A sampling of homes from Mayfield! (Otherwise know as the California Avenue area.)
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423 Oxford 390 Oxford 304 Oxford

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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!

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.

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.


University avenue in 1941 Congdom and Crome close up

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!

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 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

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?


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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 things are looking up!
History Links
Charles Hodges
Juana Briones
Los Arboles
National Register Properties
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More easy links:

  • 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 more photos from 2008 and 2009.
  • 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.

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

Now playing on Heritage: The January 2015 Palo Alto Historical Association program, Palo Alto Jazz Quintessence.  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.


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Architectural Styles

Palo Alto homes feature a rich variety of architectural styles. This charming cottage is located on Homer Avenue.

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

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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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