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Palo Alto Historic Buildings Inventory

625 Emerson Street

Inventory photo photo ca. 1986
Inventory photo Photo taken 1986


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

Physical appearance:   This carefully designed four unit Colonial Revival apartment house is a tenuous survivor in its predominantly commercial neighborhood. the detailing of the intersections of the ground floor bays with the second-floor overhang is unusual and inventive.

Significance:  This is an unusually well-designed multiple unit building. It was financed at $7,000 in 1902 by John B. Daley (1852–1930), a pioneer businessman and real estate developer, who occupied part of it until 1908.

Of all the many tenants, the most notable was Fay L. (Mrs. Daniel G.) Younkin, who occupied 631 Emerson from 1929 to 1957. Mrs. Younkin was an outstanding Palo Alto Senior High School teacher of mathematics from 1930 to 1957, when she retired. She was a native of Ohio, married in 1913 to Daniel G. Younkin, superintendent of schools at Republic, Ohio.

After World War I the Younkins moved to Arizona and then to Palo Alto. Soon after she began teaching, she studied at Stanford and in 1936 received the M.A. degree. In addition to heading the mathematics program, she introduced tennis as a school sport, coached the teams in early years, and was herself an enthusiastic player until late in life.

Mr. Younkin died in 1939, and she in 1977 at the age of 84.


This apartment house was built in 1902 and is a Category 2 on the Historic Buildings Inventory. The builder was A. Cooke. the property measures 50 by 100 feet.

Sources: Palo Alto City Directories; Palo Alto Times 1/2/03, 6/2/03, 1/28/77; Palo Alto AAUW ...Gone Tomorrow?


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