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Palo Alto Historic Buildings Inventory

236 Churchill Avenue — Threatened

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Photo taken in 1978. Photo taken September 16, 2017

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

Physical appearance:   The massive facade of this two–story, stucco and tile Spanish Colonial revival residence is pierced by a few carefully scaled openings with some simple iron grill work on windows and balcony.

Significance:  A compact, subtly simplified example of the Mediterranean designs developed by Clarence Tantau, one–time Dean of the University of California (Berkeley) School of Architecture.

The house was built for sisters Ethel and Florence Clayton, descendants of San Jose pioneers James A. and Anna L. Clayton. A brother, Willis S. Clayton, was president of the First National Bank, San Jose. The Claytons occupied the house until 1948; Mathew Stafford, attorney, and his wife Josephine then purchased it.



This house was built in 1927 and is a Category 4 on the Historic Buildings Inventory. The architect was Clarence Tantau and H. B. Post was the builder. The property measures 100 by 200 feel.

Sources: Palo Alto City Directories; Palo Alto Times 5/19/27, 10/18/27, 4/16/35; interview 1985, Josephine Stafford


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