Once again, PAST's celebration of Preservation Month will include Saturday walking tours on May 4, 11, 18 and 25.
Homer Avenue History: Sat. May 4 at 9:30 a.m. - meet at 475 Homer Avenue (cross street Cowper.)
Downtown Palo Alto: Sat. May 11 at 10 a.m. - meet at Palo Alto City Hall, 250 Hamilton Avenue (cross streets Ramona or Bryant)
New!! Crescent Park: Sat. May 18 at 10 a.m. - meet at the SE corner of University Avenue and Guinda Street.
Professorville: Sat. May 25 at 10 a.m. - meet at Addison Avenue and Bryant Street.
See you there!
Commemorative plaques and Preservation Awards were presented at our Preservation Month event held May 19 at the Palo Alto Woman's Club. Guest speaker, Bay Area author and journalist Dave Weinstein, presented an illustrated talk: What's Modern About Bay Area Modern Architecture. Photos of the centennial homes can be found by clicking on the highlighted addresses on the Centennial Houses page. Photos of our newest Preservation Award winners are now available.
Attention researchers! The History Desk and Archives manned by historian Steve Staiger is now at its new, temporary site in room H-5 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.
Stanford University Lecture Series
Towards a New Spirit
Architecture and Landscape Architecture
Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m.
Clark Center Auditorium, 3160 Porter Drive, Suite 200
Free and open to the public
May 29: Key Portilla-Kawamura & Ali Ganjavian
Just added: photos and more details about the charming cottage at 894 California Avenue and pictures of lots of houses on Webster Street!
If you have photos or information to share, please contact us!
Continuing local tid-bits! PAST is providing a bi-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 http://lib.calpoly.edu/specialcollections/architecture/juliamorgan/
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)
1711 Webster Street
Find it fast
Architects and builders who worked in Palo Alto into the 1960's.
Preservation Awards by Year--the page is much smoother now!
Photos of houses by address
National Register Properties
Take a look... at the master index of houses on this Website! There are links to houses of all ages never before included! 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 find out more here
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: www.communitymediacenter.net.
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 at the Palo Alto Main Library. The History Desk is open Tuesday evenings and Thursday afternoons.
- 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 2012
- PAST board list and photo!
- 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.
- The latest Preservation award winners are on the Preservation Awards page as are pictures of winners from 2007 to 2012.
Palo Alto homes feature a rich variety of architectural styles.Streamline Moderne homes tend to be scattered throughout town. Can you recognize and find them all? Have you seen the one at 560 Everett 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.
Can you identify these photos? Do you know where they were taken?
Seal Addition 318Middlefield
Do you have an old photo to share?
Please contact us!
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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