Charles Edward Hodges (1866-1943) started work as a draftsman for Charles Coolidge whose firm designed numerous buildings at Stanford including the Memorial Arch at the entrance to the campus and the Memorial Church. When Coolidge left Stanford, Hodges became Stanfordís resident architect and took over supervising construction of the projects.
Hodges participated in the design the Stanford Gymnasium and revised the plans for the 100 foot tall Memorial Arch, both of which were badly damaged by the 1906 earthquake. As a result of criticism implying that the architect was at fault, Hodges resigned from Stanford.
The Griffin-Drell house, built on the Stanford Campus in 1893, was the 12th house on faculty row. Although it has been moved from itís original site it remains one of the oldest houses on campus. The house at 565 Mayfield was built in 1899.
His residences in Palo Alto (designed both before and after the earthquake) include the following:
369 Churchill Avenue, c. 1919
340 Coleridge Avenue, c. 1915 It is interesting to note that this house on Coleridge, built the year before the Woman’s Club was started, has a bay window and half timbering similar to the Woman’s Club.
803 Cowper Street, c. 1904
469 Homer Avenue, 1906
251 Lincoln Avenue, c. 1904
536 Lincoln Avenue, c. 1900 (moved from 1103 Cowper)
1146 Waverley, c. 1893
When the Palo Alto Womanís Club chose architect Charles Edward Hodges to design their new clubhouse (1916) at the corner of Cowper Street and Homer Avenue he had already designed numerous sororities, fraternities and residences at Stanford and in Palo Alto.
Itís interesting to note that the house on Coleridge, built the year before the Womanís Club was started, has a bay window and half timbering similar to the Palo Alto Womanís Club.
Hodges also designed the house built in 1906 at 469 Homer, which is adjacent to the Club, and another house diagonally across the street at 803 Cowper, built in 1904. Both houses were there for 10-12 years before the clubhouse construction started.
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