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Palo Alto Historic Buildings Inventory

799 Alma Street

Pringle Service Station

799 Alma Street 799 Alma Street
Inventory hoto taken in 1978. Photo taken April 14, 2012.

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

Physical appearance:   This small Spanish Colonial Revival complex of white stucco buildings with low-pitched red tile roofs consists of a central gasoline service outlet and two service and repair shop buildings. The original gasoline pumps have been replaced and one side of the central unit has been enclosed (1983).

Significance:   The competent design qualities of this complex were applauded when it was built and it remains a handsome survivor of the early years of the automobile era. It was more carefully planned and developed than the typical "gas station" of the 'twenties and anticipated the expansive facilities of contemporary automobile service centers. As a consequence of changes in the financing and marketing policies of the major oil companies, most such early stations have disappeared. From 1930 to 1939, it was a General Petroleum Corporation outlet under several managers. Since 1940, it has remained in the same ownership, however.

The owners at the time of the Inventory were Dee and Ida Hileman.

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799 Alma Location sketch map
1986 HRB photo Location map

These buildings were built in 1929 and are a Category 2 on the Historic Buildings Inventory. The architect and builder was Lindgren and Swinerton, Inc. of San Francisco. The architect / builder was Lindgren and Swinerton, Inc. of San Francisco. The property measures 100 by 105 feet.

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