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Palo Alto Historic Buildings Inventory

730 Bryant Street
Polly and Jake's House

739 Bryant 730 Bryant Street
Inventory photo taken in 1978. Photo taken in 2010.

The following is from the Historic Buildings Inventory as revised in 1983:

Physical appearance:   This collection of unusually angled forms is capped with a jerkin-head gabled roof. Richly varied wall textures with decorative appliques enliven the building's surfaces. The overall imagery is stylistically indefinable, but the decorative elements are primarily Colonial Revival and Eastlake.

Significance:  An unusual and inventive assemblage of forms and decorative devices, built for George B. and Emma B. Bramhall (1902-1907). Bramhall was a SP railroad clerk. Occupants for periods of five or more years included Mr. and Mrs. C.H. Shumate (1918-12), J.C. Schilling (1914-18), Dr. P.M. Siebert (1920-24), J.H. Borden (1926-30), and Jacob and Pauline Swartz (1942-present). The Swartzes —"Polly and Jake" were early Palo Alto dealers in furniture and antiques; since Mr. Swartz's death, Mrs. Swartz still continues the business.

street view location sketch map

 

This house, designed and built by H.L. Upham, was built in 1902 and is a Category 3 on the Historic Buildings Inventory. There is also a carriage house in the rear. It was on the 2001 Holiday House Tour.

Sources: Palo Alto City Directories; Palo Alto Times 1/2/03, 4/3/03, 2/25/13

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