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Palo Alto Historic Buildings Inventory

1350 Byron Street

1350 Byron

Photo taken in 1978.
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The following is from the Historic Buildings Inventory as revised in 1985:

Physical appearance:   This two–story house is a letter-perfect version of its Georgian/Colonial Revival style and has been studied as a model by the architecture department of Stanford University. Among its typical features are the many-paned double–hung sash windows, fan–light over the door, and the symmetrical facade which implies a formal, central–hall plan.

Significance:  An excellent example of the Georgian Colonial style built for the Harry L. Piersol family. The Pieraols occupied the house until 1940; he was a salesman.

J. E. Mahoney and D. P. Dinapoll occupied it briefly, followed by Theodore P. Carpenter (1946–1953), General Secretary at Stanford. It then became the home of the present owners , George and Elizabeth Sensabaugh.

This house was built in 1928 by Charles P. Baker and is a Category 4 on the Historic Buildings Inventory.

Sources: Palo Alto City Directories; interview, 1978, 1985, Mrs. George Sensabaugh; Book 393 Official Records, page 72-3; 1923-32 microfiche index Piersol, Santa Clara County Recorder


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