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Palo Alto Historic Buildings Inventory

490 Kingsley Avenue

(Originally 460 Kingsley Avenue)

Wilbur Residence

Professorville Historic District

Inventory photo July 2010 photo
Inventory photo Photo taken July 31, 2010


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

Physical appearance:   This rather austere building is given a Mediterranean Revival feeling by its irregular massing and tile roof.

Significance:  An example of the formal, upper middle class residence of the post-World War I period, built for Owen D. Richardson, an attorney, who occupied it while his children attended Stanford.

Since 1933 is has been the home of the Blake C. Wilbur family. Dr. Wilbur, a prominent Palo Alto surgeon and the son of Stanford's third president, Ray Lyman Wilbur, was a co-founder of the Palo Alto Medical Clinic. Mary C. Wilbur was owner in 1983.


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This house was built in 1920 and is a Category 3 on the Historic Buildings Inventory. The architect and builder are not known. The property measures 162.5 by 200 feet.

Sources: Palo Alto City Directories; Palo Alto Times 6/30/20, 7/7/20, 1/3/21, 12/7/68, 3/11/74; Palo alto Building Department files; Deed, John M. and Emma D. Stillman, grantors, to Owen D. Richardson, Book 518 (Deeds), p. 172, 6/15/20 (Santa Clara Co. Recorder)


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