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Palo Alto Historic Buildings Inventory

423 Chaucer Street
(originally 423 Pope Street)

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Photo taken in 1978. Photo taken April 15, 2016.

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

Physical appearance:  This is a rectangular stucco two–story structure with decorative elements which include a chimney that pierces the tile roof overhang, delicate iron grill–work and shell balcony pattern, and a volute connecting the first and second story portions of the house. Designed by Julia Morgan, it is Italianate in style. It is C–shaped, and its covered loggia enclosed on three sides by the house opens on to a well–designed garden. The fine interior wood paneling and cabinet work are embossed with varying carved designs; wrought iron is used on the stairway.

Significance:  This residence is a subdued but elegant example of the style of Berkeley's best–known woman architect, Julia Morgan. She designed the house for J. Graeff and Ethel Kennedy, president of the Pacific Manufacturing Co., who came to Palo Alto in 1921. The son, John G., Jr., succeeded his father as director of the company. the third occupants are the present owners, Channell N. and Janet Wasson. (1979)

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This house was built in 1922 and is a Category 1 on the Historic Buildings Inventory. The architect was Julia Morgan and the builder Coleman & Seidel. The property measures 85 by 200 feet.

Sources: Palo Alto City Directories; Palo Alto Times 12/2/21, 1/3/22, 2/18/57, 6/29/84; interview 1978, 1986, Janet Wasson; original architectural drawings, Julia Morgan Architectural Drawings Collection, Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley; Historic America (HABS et al., Washington, DC, 1983, p. 343)


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