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Charles Edward Hodges, Architect

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.

Original Memorial Arch

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.

Griffin-Drell House  Griffin–Drell House, 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.

565 Mayfield  565 Mayfield, Stanford

His residences in Palo Alto (designed both before and after the earthquake) include the following:

369 Churchill  369 Churchill Avenue, c. 1919

340 Coleridge340 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.

Woman's Club 475 Homer Avenue, The Woman's Club, 1916. 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.

Hodges also designed the house built in 1906 at 469 Homer, which is adjacent to the Club, and in 1910, the house diagonally across the street at 460 Homer.

469 Homer 469 Homer, 1906


460 Homer 460 Homer, 1910


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curent appearance These photos are of 803 Cowper are the photo in the Historic Inventory of 1979 of Cowper side above, and the Homer side of the house below. It was built in 1904, 10–12 years before the clubhouse construction started.

803 Cowper  This is the Cowper Street view of 803 Cowper.


Other homes in the area:

251 Lincoln  251 Lincoln Avenue, c. 1904

536 Lincoln  536 Lincoln Avenue, c. 1897 (moved from 1103 Cowper)

1146 Waverley  1146 Waverley, c. 1893



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