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Palo Alto Historic Buildings Inventory

510 Tennyson Avenue

inventory photo 510 Tennyson
Inventory photo Photo taken May 20, 2012


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

Physical appearance:   This carefully composed one-story tile and stucco Spanish Colonial Revival house presents an intriguingly asymmetrical street façade with large arch window and stenciled beamed ceiling in the living room.

Significance:  This is a fine venture in nonconformist possibilities of Spanish Colonial revival design. {Built by Cleveland Smith], it was bought by Daniel E. Robertson, a U. S. narcotics control agent. After a short time the Robertsons built elsewhere and rented the house to Dr. and Mrs. John Wear (1937-46). Dr. Wear was the Western area medical claims referee for Aetna Insurance Co. Succeeding owners included Etta N. Marty (1947-52), and Merle R. Zinser (1053-57), an officer of Varian Associates. Mrs. Louise Deering was the owner since 1963. [1785]


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This house was built in and is a Category 4 on the Historic Buildings Inventory. The owner and builder was Cleveland Smith. The property measures 50 by 150 feet.

Sources: Palo Alto City Directories; Palo Alto Times 3/14/32, 4/8/71; interviews 1985: Mrs. Daisy Wear, Lyman Wear, Louise Deering, Jerome Robertson, Mrs. Elisabeth Streppy


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