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Palo Alto Historic Buildings Inventory

1651 Webster Street

inventory photo Lolly Osborn photo
Inventory photo Lolly Osborn photo


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

Physical appearance:   The highly sculptured roof form and careful fenestration of this stucco two-story house give interest to a rather severe design.

Significance:  This is an inventive design by a major local architect best known for his California Colonial Revival plans. It was commissioned by Gustav Laumeister, one of the principal early Palo Alto contractors, and was occupied 1923-27 by Mrs. Emma Stroup.

for the next twenty-five years it was the home of Arthur S. Walton, president of the Horabin Feed and Fuel Co. in Palo Alto.

Several occupants followed each other in quick succession between 1954 and 1964, when it was acquired by Wesley and Deana Gardiner.


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This house was built in 1922 and is a Category 4 on the Historic Buildings Inventory. The architect was Birge Clark and the builder might have been Gus Laumeister. The property measures 150 by 125 feet.

Sources: Palo Alto City Directories; Palo Alto Times 12/2/21, 12/21/50, interview 1985, Birge M. Clark


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