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Palo Alto Historic Buildings Inventory

2500 Embarcadero Road

Harbormaster's House

inventory photo Adjacent to Palo Alto Yacht Harbor and Duck Pond 
Inventory photo Location


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

Physical appearance:   This modest one–story Harbormaster's house with tiled roof and verandah across the front was built of adobe made from bay mud.

Significance:   This building is a very quiet version of the Spanish colonial revival image, but is interesting for its construction method. It was constructed as part of a WPA project for developing the yacht harbor.

It is a California Point of Historic Interest and is located adjacent to the duck pond.


This house was built in 1937 and is a Category 2 on the Historic Buildings Inventory. The builder was the City of Palo Alto.

Sources: Palo Alto Times 3/3/37


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