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Palo Alto Historic Buildings Inventory

771 Lytton Avenue

(earlier, 777 Lytton)

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Inventory photo Photo taken May 16, 2013


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

Physical appearance:  This is a better-than-average one-story example of a common type of stucco Spanish Colonial Revival bungalow. The shallow recess of the central portion, the arched, nicely mullioned and balanced windows, and the indications of pylons create movement and variety with minimum means. The twin garages at the rear connect it to the adjacent residence, which is stylistically comparable though at a disadvantage in its particular details. 

Significance:  A small but careful design, typical of the Spanish Colonial Revival style applied to modest residential buildings. Vacant for a year, it was first occupied by Charles Fritzschen (1926-29) and then, for a decade, Mrs. Myrtle Minton, a music teacher. Augustus M. Kirby (1941-66) and Henry Hughes (1967-71) preceded Brian and Rebecca Schaefer who acquired the home in 1972.


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Guinda Street side Side view
Location map

This house was built in 1924 and is a Category 4 on the Historic Buildings Inventory. The builder was P. W. Wilson. The property measures 60.5 by 75 feet.

Sources: Palo Alto City Directories; Palo Alto Times 7/16/24, 8/1/24, 9/2/24, 7/16/31; interview 1985, Rebecca Schaefer


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