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300 Homer Avenue: The Palo Alto Medical Clinic

300 Homer. Palo Alto Medical Clinic roth Building         Clinci Courtyard

Photo taken June 12, 1978.

       

Photo taken August 2, 2010

The following is from the Historic Buildings Inventory as revised in 1981:

Physical appearance:   

This one– and two–story California Colonial structure utilizes a U–shaped courtyard scheme with a second floor gallery across the central wing. Period frescos dealing with medical subjects are quite competent and interesting but
are beginning to deteriorate. Additions have been made to the structure at the rear of the building.

Materials employed are stucco, tile and wood. Turned posts of two different patterns form the balustrade of the overhanging balcony/gallery of the entry patio. Medallion portraits of medical figures flank the entry arch and
introduce the theme of the murals.

Significance:   

The Palo Alto Medical Clinic established its permanent home in 1932 and has been a major part of Palo Alto's health care system. Its first unit built in 1932 represents a typical California Colonial building adapted slightly for non–residential use. The murals executed in fresco by Victor Arnautoff are typical of the Depression era public art work. The architect (Birge Clark) is a major Palo Alto designer.

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This house was built in 1932 and is a Category 2 on the Historic Buildings Inventory. These photos below were taken after the building had been vacated for several years.

rear wall after demolition of rear portion of building.   Bryant view    balcony   exterior view   floor and bracing    upstairs room    bracing    elevator mechanics  mechanics    elevator    balcony     rainspout detail    tiles    tile close up    window detail    vent    balcony    hall door    doors    elevator cabinets    exam room    exam room    light    medical equipment       Family Practice sign    floor tiles       hallway    hall   hardward   high office window   doctor's office interior    ofice       balcony railing    roof   sink    counter    stairs  storagepipes   stairs    stairs      storage    roof detail    upstiars room    window   window    window    window    window    window    wood walls   exit light

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