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Palo Alto Historic Buildings Inventory

1525 Webster Street

Centennial Home

Originally 1533 Webster Street and 600 Embarcadero Road

inventory photo front of house
Inventory photo circa 1978 Photo taken April 16, 2023


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

Physical appearance:   A one-story Spanish Colonial Revival house, carefully sited on its corner lot, and set off by well-planned landscaping.

Significance:  A good California Colonial Revival design by the city's best-known practitioner of the mode. Birge Clark owned and occupied the house until 1936. Jewell A. and Helen M. Roberts were the next owners (1938-1949). He was manager of Burrows Adding Machine Co.

From 1950 to 1957, it was occupied by Bruce S. Gibson, owner of the city's well-known Gibson's Shade Shop.

Since 1963, Col. David Y. Nanney has been the owner. [1985] This house was built in 1922 and is a Category 4 on the Historic Buildings Inventory. The architect was Birge Clark and the builder was The Minton Company. The property measures 126.4 150 by feet.

Photos taken April 16, 2023:


2023 photo

Photo taken April 17, 2018:

Photos taken February 28, 2016:


street view

Walkway photo taken August 24, 2012:

wall and brick walkway

Photo taken October, 2012 of house front and bricks for walkway:

Lolly Osborn photo showing stack of bricks for walkway

Location map:


Sources: Palo Alto City Directories; Palo Alto Times2/28/22, 4/3/22, 2/4/52; interivew 1985, Birge M. Clark, Patricia Becker


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