Palo Alto Stanford Heritage

Home Architects & Builders  Holiday House Tour Newsletters Walking Tours
About PAST Centennial Houses INVENTORY Preservation Awards Contact PAST
Advocacy History and Architecture Articles   Master Index to Houses Resources   Join / Donate

1020 High Street

Built in 1918

Photos taken April 17, 2018:

1020 High

1020 High

1020 High driveway

The following is from the 2018 plaque presentation:

This bungalow was built by John Dudfield at a cost of $2,500. Mr. Dudfield was a prominent businessman, a lumberman and builder, in the area, and built many homes in Palo Alto during this time period. Many of them were along High Street. His lumber company was located at 100 Forest Avenue; his own home still stands at 625 Hale Street. Dudfield harvested redwoods along the coast and transported them across the coast range to his lumber yard in Palo Alto. He suffered a stroke in 1925 and died four years later.

The home’s first occupants were Carl and Rose Steffensen. Carl worked as a “meter tester” for the city. A snapshot of later owners reveals Frank and Annie Livermore in 1925; Livermore worked as a meat cutter. In 1936, Jean B and Julia Candovan, employees of the University French Laundry at 642 Ramona, occupied the house; Leona Candovan was the laundry’s bookkeeper. In 1946, the family was still there.

Alan Peterson and Jane Stevenson are the current owners.

Photos from the May 6 plaque presentation:


owner talking


Photos from July 11, 2010



This house was deemed not eligible for the California Register of Historical Resources in 1998.


FaceBook f

E-mail us at either or

PAST Logo Palo Alto Stanford Heritage—Dedicated to the preservation of Palo Alto's historic buildings.