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Palo Alto Historic Buildings Inventory

501 Kingsley Avenue

Fleugel House

Inventory photo 2012 photo
Inventory photo Photo taken April 16, 2012

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

Physical appearance:   This two-story, shingle and clapboard Colonial Revival house is given a visual focus by its elegant semi-circular entrance porch (which may be a later addition as is the large side veranda). the windows exhibit vaguely classic detailing and their placement is rather erratic. a horizontal belt course separates first and second floors, and brackets support the eaves at the roof line. Diamond shaped panes provide decoration in dormer windows while windows in the lower portion of the house have rectangular panes. The small idiosyncrasies of the structure add to its interest and individuality.

Significance:  This massive house with gambrel roof and prominent eaves was built for Professor Ewald Fleugel, a noted philologist and Chaucer scholar, who came to Stanford in 1892 from the University of Leipsig. It was said that in his yard a private vault was built to hold his manuscripts of unpublished research. the Fleugels were succeeded by F. A. Kolster (1924-34), and other short-term occupants.

From the 1950s to early 1970s* 1967, it was owned by Andre L. Hobson, but sometimes rented to others. David and Shulamith Rubinfien purchased the home in 1967 and it remains in the family.

*Note: Correction to information taken from the Inventory form was provided by Elisabeth Rubinfien April 3, 2018.

Guy Miller Archive photo
Photo from Palo Alto Historical Association Guy Miller Archive
porch
Photo taken November 8, 2010
Photos below were taken at the 2010 Holiday House Tour on December 10.
guests entering house guests entering house
side door arbor

corner view
fireplace
robert brandeis photo
Robert Brandeis photo
map

This house was built in 1897 and is a Category 2 on the Historic Buildings Inventory. The builder was James W. Wells. The property measures 150 by feet 100.

Sources: Palo Alto City Directories; Palo Alto Times 8/6/97, 10/20/97, 11/2/97, 12/31/97, 11/16/14; Palo Alto AAUW, ...Gone Tomorrow?, p. 43; interview 1984, Shulamith Rubinfien; P.A. Live Oak 8/4/97, 1/1/00 (early photo). E-mail from Elisabeth Rubinfien, May 3, 2018.

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