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Palo Alto Historic Buildings Inventory

745 and 751 Waverley Street

St. Thomas Aquinas Church

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Inventory photo Photo taken April 16, 2012


The following is from the Historic Buildings Inventory as revised in 1981 and 1985:

Physical appearance:   This Gothic Revival design, said to be the oldest extant church building in Palo Alto, creates a complex but orderly composition by the repetition and echo of its gable motif.

The parsonage next door at 745 is a two-story Spanish Colonial Revival.

Significance:  This is a highly imaginative manipulation of Gothic Revival forms and images. The first services were held on June 2, 1902.

The adjacent parochial residence was built in 1928 Edward Eames was the architect and L. A. Bachelder the contractor.


windows plaque
detail gables
745 Waverley map
745 Waverley Location map

The church was built in 1901 and is a Category 2 on the Historic Buildings Inventory; the house was built in 1928 and is included in the listing. The church architect was Shea & Shea of San Francisco; the builder is not mentioned. The house architect was Edward Eames and L. A. Batchelder the contractor. The property measures 100 by 150 feet.

Sources: Palo Alto Historical Association files; Palo Alto Times 7/21/1928, 12/18/1928


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