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Palo Alto Historic Buildings Inventory

544 Emerson Street
Mandarin Cafe / Maddalena's

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Inventory photo Photo taken January 25, 2016


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

Physical appearance:   This two–story commercial building with heavy end brackets, elaborate second floor window muntin patters and tile roof has a strongly Oriental image.

Significance:   This building was planned for the owner, Mr. Kee Leung, as a Chinese style restaurant. Chinese features were in the curved tile cornice and end brackets and Chinese style windows. It continued as a Chinese restaurant until the [mid] 1970s at which time Fred Maddalena opened Maddalena's, an Italian/Continental restaurant which closed in 2007 after 31 years.


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This building was built in 1926 and is a Category 4 on the Historic Buildings Inventory. The architect was Birge Clark and the builder was Wells P. Goodenough. The property measures 25 by 96 feet.

Sources: Palo Alto Times 4/8/26, 4/17/26; Palo Alto Historical Association files: Restaurants


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