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Palo Alto Historic Buildings Inventory

549 Stanford Avenue
College Terrace

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The following is from the Historic Buildings Inventory as revised in 1985:

Physical appearance:   This two-story Medieval Revival cottage achieves a Hansel and Gretel quality through use of scale devices. The elements of the façade are also composed in a highly skilled fashion.

Significance:  This building evidences rare skill and care in scale manipulation. Roger and Marjorie Sherman purchased the lot, among other real estate investments, from George B. and Sadie Moore in 1924; the Moores owned the adjoining property. A substantial loan raised on the property in 1926, as well as inferences drawn from City Directory entries suggests the date of construction; the prior owner was himself a well-established Palo Alto and Mayfield builder.

Various tenants rented the house after its construction, starting with Elmer R. and Grace Goudy. From 1944–46, Albert V. and Joan C. Baez (with young daughter Joan) were the owners. Mrs. Roy Sands McCann bought from the Baez family and, in 1949, sold to the John Olsons, the present (1981, 1985) owners.


This house was built in 1926 and is a Category 4 on the Historic Buildings Inventory. The builder probably was George B. Moore. The property measures 50 by 115 feet.

Sources: Palo Alto City Directories; Book 65 (Off. Rec.) p. 367–8, 1/16/24; Book 265 (Off Rec.), p. 334–8, 9/14/26; Book 1187 (Off. Rec.), p. 284–5, 1/13–14/44, Book 1365 (Off. Rec.) p. 570, 7/2/46; Book 1453 (Off. Rec.) p. 352, 1/29/47; Book 1883 (Off. Rec.) p. 326, 11/7/49 (Santa Clara Co. Recorder); interview 1981, John Olson.


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