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Palo Alto Historic Buildings Inventory

310 Tennyson Avenue
(Originally 1801 Bryant Street)

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

Physical appearance:   Fusing Prairie Style and Classical revival elements, this stucco house has an H-shaped plan with a two-story central pavilion, Craftsman trellises, large well-planted grounds, and a tennis court. The gateposts are parts of the original design and the garage is part of the total composition.

Note: The date 1917 is impressed in concrete in the house.

Significance:  This is a stylistically indefinable, but powerful design. Its first owner was W. S. Army officer Joseph Lorber and his wife Amy (1917-45). They were followed by B. H. and Mrs. Margaret Silen (1946-52), and Charles L. May (1953-75). May was the executive of the Davely Tree Service Co. The house was acquired by Timothy Trailer in 1976.


This house was built in 1917 and is a Category 4 on the Historic Buildings Inventory. The builder was George jacobsen of San Francisco. The property measures 140 by 200 feet.

Sources: Palo Alto City Directories; Palo Alto Times 3/16/1917.


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