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Palo Alto Historic Buildings Inventory

1357 Cowper Street

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Photo taken in 1978. Robert Brandeis photo.

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

Physical appearance:   This trim shingled Craftsman bungalow has emphatically articulated bay windows.

Significance:  This modest bungalow is a very fine example of the Craftsman style. Its earliest owners were William and Carol Cranston, parents of U.S. Senator Alan Cranston. William Cranston was a Realtor.

The Cranstons were followed in 1919 by Mr. and Mrs. John O. Neikirk, manufacturer's agent. Their 41–year tenure was succeeded in 1960 by that of Nan Bentley, the owner at the date of the Inventory.

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This house was built in 1908 and is a Category 4 on the Historic Buildings Inventory. The builder is unknown. The property measures 60 by 112.5 feet.

Sources: Palo Alto City Directories; Palo Alto Times 6/3/57, 3/27/69; Who's Who in America (Cranston); interview 1984, Nan Bentley

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