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Palo Alto Historic Buildings Inventory

70 Crescent Drive

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Photo taken in 1978. Photo taken in 2012.

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

Physical appearance:   The surface of this simply–composed Spanish Colonial Revival two–story house is enlivened by a decorative pierced grille and scalloped entry recess.

Significance:  The structure is a competent, rather restrained example of Spanish Colonial Revival styles. The first owner, George Freear, had been trained as an architect, and family members believe he provided the basic design though turned the details over to Dabinett for execution. Freear and his wife Vera, occupied the house until 1938; he was the head of a large refrigeration firm in San Francisco.

From 1939 to 1958, it was the home of Frederick C. and Alice M. Hansen, and then, in 1961, became the property of William and Helen Sheppard.

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This house was built in 1930 and is a Category 4 on the Historic Buildings Inventory. The architect was George Freear. The builder was H.H. Dabinett. The property measures 105 by 150 feet.

Sources: Palo Alto City Directories; Palo Alto Times 11/15/29, 1/11/71; interview, 1985, William Sheppard, Sonje (Freear) Evans


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