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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 Stanford’s 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 GriffinDrell house, built on the Stanford Campus in 1893, was the 12th house on faculty row. Although it has been moved from it’s original site it remains one of the oldest houses on campus.

565 Mayfield 
565 Mayfield, Stanford

This 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

369 Churchill Avenue, c. 1919 
Inventory sheet

340 Coleridge

340 Coleridge Avenue, c. 1915
Inventory sheet

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
Palo Alto Woman's Club, 1916

Inventory sheet

When the Palo Alto Woman’s Club chose architect Charles Edward Hodges to design their new clubhouse at the corner of Cowper Street and Homer Avenue he had already designed numerous sororities, fraternities and residences at Stanford and in Palo Alto.

469 Homer

469 Homer, 1906
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.

460 Homer

460 Homer, 1910
Restored in 2014/15
Inventory sheet

inventory photo
curent appearance

803 Cowper Street 
Inventory sheet

The top photo is the one on the Historic Inventory of 1979 of Cowper sideof 803 while the Homer side is shown on the lower photo. It was built in 1904, 10–12 years before the Woman's Club clubhouse construction started.

803 Cowper

This is the Cowper Street view of 803 Cowper.

251 Lincoln

251 Lincoln Avenue, c. 1904

Inventory sheet

Read more about 251 Lincoln.

536 Lincoln

536 Lincoln Avenue, c. 1897
This house was originally located at 1103 Cowper. Inventory sheet.

1146 Waverley

1146 Waverley, c. 1893

Inventory sheet.

Read more about 1146 Waverley, the Roberts–Smith House.




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