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Palo Alto Historic Buildings Inventory

1570 Emerson Street

Inventory photo
Inventory photo


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

Physical appearance:    This is a fusion of Bay Area vernacular and Streamline Moderne.

Significance:   This is a characteristic example of Bay Area tradition designed by an internationally know architect for C. d. Mendenhall, Jr. Its terrace for nude sunbathing once was the neighborhood scandal.

Between 1940 and 1947 a number of occupants lived in it before its purchase by Marshall J. and Madelyn Kimball. Kimball, a engineer, served on the state Public Utilities Commission. After his death, his wife married James D. Lindahl and it has been the Lindahl property from 1968 to the present [1978]. Lindahl was a Wells Fargo Bank employee who retired as vault custodian in the head office in San Francisco in 1960.

At the time of the Inventory, the ownership was listed as the Estate of Madelyn Lindahl.

location map
Location Map


This house was built in 1937 and is a Category 3 on the Historic Buildings Inventory. The architect was William Wilson Wurster, and landscaping by Thomas Church. The builder was E. J. Schmaling. The property measures 75 by 100 feet.

Sources: Palo Alto City Directories; Palo Alto Times 7/30/37, 7/14/69; correspondence, Charles r. Jelleff, 3/23/85; interview 1985, Frank Dusterberry (estate attorney)


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