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Palo Alto Historic Buildings Inventory

1155 Waverley Street

Professorville Historic District

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Inventory photo Photo taken July 21, 2002


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

Physical appearance:   This substantial two-story Spanish Colonial Revival has a series of low walls to indicate successively more private zones of the area between house and street. Moorish arches create an arcade on two sides of the entry court. The chimney detail, derived from Mediterannean vernacular sources, is very fine.

Significance:  This is a very fine example of one of Palo Alto's major image-establishing styles. For many years after construction, the house was briefly occupied by numerous owners and tenants. The Cyril E. Doyle family lived in it for the longest period of time (1953 - 1969), followed by the Robert M. Scarlett family (1970 - 1978). The next owners were Henry and Rochelle Ford.

Note: They still reside there (2017) and her sculptures adorn the garden.


2011 photo PAHA archive photo

This house was built in 1927 and is a Category 4 on the Historic Buildings Inventory. The architect was Lionel H. Pries of San Francisco and the builder was the Minton Co. The property measures 85 by 111 feet.

Sources: Palo Alto City Directories; Palo Alto Times 10/1/27.


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