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Palo Alto Historic Buildings Inventory

510 Lincoln Avenue

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Inventory photo Photo taken May 16, 2015


The following is from the Historic Buildings Inventory as revised in 1984:

Physical appearance:   This French Norman Revival house has an elegant entrance, carefully detailed arches, dormers and garage building.

Significance:  A fine example of a period revival style done by a major San Francisco architect. The house was built for Adelaide (Mr. John F.) Newsom, who previously lived for many years at 1129 Cowper (destroyed by fire in 1959). She moved an older house, then located at 510 Lincoln, down the block to 536 Lincoln to make room for her new dwelling and, in addition, commissioned Charles K. Sumner to design another new house next door at 528 Lincoln.

Note: The owner in 1984 was J. Branner Newsom.


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View from Cowper Street Location map

This house was built in 1931 and is a Category 3 on the Historic Buildings Inventory. The architect was Henry Gutterson of San Francisco and the builder was Clinton Stephenson Construction Company. The property measures 190 by 300 feet.

Sources: Palo Alto City Directories; Palo Alto Times 10/25/28, 10/23/31, 9/12/55; Palo Alto Historical Association Tall Tree, vol. 7, no. 5 (March 1983; interview 1984, J. B. Newsom


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