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281 Embarcadero Road

281 Embarcadero 1908 plaque
Photos taken September 5, 2014.


This house 1908 house was built for Professor of Botany and Plant Physiology George James Peirce and his family. He studied at the Lawrence Scientific School at Harvard. Upon his graduation in 1890, he received one of the othe first American travelling stipends, the Parker Fellowship of Harvard and spent a year each in Bonn and Munich. He earned  Ph.D. in the new science of Plant Physiology in 1894 for his thesis on dodder, a parasitic flowering plant that is found today in Palo Alto gardens!

By 1895 he was at Indiana University at Bloomington. Consequently, he was invited to Stanford by David Starr Jordan in 1897 and remained there until his retirement in 1933.

His wife Anna lived in the house until at least 1955. At some point, the entrance was relocated from Embarcadero Road to Bryant Street. It is likely that Gus Laumeister was the builder.

The following pictures were taken on a walk around the house.

281 Embarcadero yard  window detail  original front  entry  entry rear  another view of corner  next  yard  dining room  window detail  side view  yard from second storey detail   side  original front  window detail



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