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The Fall 2021 PAST News is now available on-line. Find it here.

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This Saturday, October 16, Crescent Park.

2021 Fall Tour schedule: Downtown / Homer Avenue / Crescent Park / Professorville / College Terrace / NEW Barron Park / NEW Greenmeadow Eichlers / NEW Expanded College Terrace (3 miles)

Attention researchers! The History Desk and Archives manned by historians Steve Staiger and Darla Secor is located in room K–7 at Cubberley, 4000 Middlefield Road. Either Steve or Darla is available on Tuesdays from 4 to 8 p.m. and Thursdays from 1 to 5 p.m. Most of the old photos used by PAST are from the Palo Alto Historical Association's archives.

Looking for something? Explore these links:


Sunday, April 28, 2019 was when the contents of the first time capsule from 1994 were displayed. The capsule was stored in an unused elevator shaft in the City Hall Basement along with 3 more capsules scheduled for opening on the 150th, 175th, and 200th anniversaries of Palo Alto's founding. Viewers were asked to suggest what might be put into the emplied capsule before it is re-sealed for opening 75 years from now on the 200th anniversary!

Please consider becoming a member of PAST or making a donation. Here's a
form you can complete and send us with a check! Thanks so much!

Playing on Heritage: Garden Club of Palo Alto's 100th Anniversary
The 100 year history of the Garden Club presented by Ellie Thomas, president of the Garden Club of Palo Alto The organization has made many signiicant contributions to the city through the efforts of this extradinary group of women. Also featured is a 2010 video about the Gamble Garden produced to celebrate the Garden's 25th anniversary. Check the Midpen Media Center web site for dates and times under Heritage.

Note: Heritage programs are streamed at the same times on the Media Center web site,

If you don't have access to cable, you can also watch on your computer at the same times on the Midpen Media Center web page.

Architectural Styles

Squire House Palo Alto homes and commercial buildings feature a rich variety of architectural styles, including the classical style of the Squire House, located at 900 University Avenue.

Discover more Palo Alto styles and see more sketches.

Links to videos from the Palo Alto Historical Association's Exploring the Archives . . . National Register Properties in Palo Alto . . . Places to Visit . . . and more are on our Resources page.

Was your house built in 1920 or earlier?

We discovered only a few houses built in 1919, but have been searching for those built in 1920 and 1921. Please let us know if you think yours is one of them! This house, now modified, at 369 Churchill Avenue was built in 1917, but many more modest homes were also built that year. Tell us about your centennial house!

369 Churchill

Did you know that buildings on the Historic Inventory are selected because of their importance in one of the following areas: 
Architecture, Arts & Leisure, Economic/Industrial, Exploration/Settlement, Government, Military, Religion, or Social/Education?


A sampling of homes from Mayfield! (Otherwise know as the California Avenue area.)
2053 Park

2053 Park Boulevard
2065 Park

2065 Park Boulevard
2110 Park
2110 Park Boulevard
423 Oxford

423 Oxford Avenue
390 Oxford

390 Oxford Avenue
304 Oxford

304 Oxford Avenue

Have you followed these links?

Read about architectural styles found in Palo Alto and where examples can be found.

A newly discovered listing of important local people from the Palo Alto Historical Association's files which also provides an outline of Palo Alto's early history and links to many historic photographs!

Margaret Feuer's articles that first appeared in the Palo Alto Daily News.

Residents of the Los Arboles Eichler neighborhood gathered together to restore their sign and the clean up the overgrowth at Middlefield and Ames Avenue. See how the work progressed!

Then and Now... the windows on the tower are the clue to the identity of this 1895 house at 446 Forest Avenue.

446 Forest Avenue today. 433 Forest Avenue. John Moss photo 446 Forest side view

Demolitions. . . Always a concern. . . .

Homes by prominent Palo Alto architects are being demolished, but remember, "the greenest house is almost always the one already built". (Spring 2012, Preservation Magazine)

Have you seen this man?  

He was locked in the University Arts store on Hamilton Avenue.
Is he still there now that the restored building is open again?


NO...he escaped!

(Photo taken May 8, 2016 before renovation.)

261 Hamilton

Take a look... at the master index of houses on this Website! There are links to houses all over town. If you have a photo of your house to add, please contact us! It could be an older photo, a more recent one, or even better, historic!

Continuing local tid-bits not to be missed!  Even though the Palo Alto Daily News is no longer publishing history articles in the Friday real estate section, you can find most of them right here!


Palo Alto Remembered: Stories from a City's Past published by the Palo Alto Historical Association. Find out more...


Palo Alto native and Stanford graduate Bo Crane's newest book, Ticket to Rock, is available now! The book chronicles many remarkable musicians who either had their start or performed in our community during the 60s and 70s. The focus is on their homes and neighborhoods and the backdrop to a counter culture than began musically right here!

Bo's other books of local interest are The Life and Times of Dennis Martin and The Streets of Menlo Park.

Order your copy today!

Do you recognize anything in these photos? Do you know where they were taken?

University Ave. 1941
University Avenue, 1941
Nortree Hall
Nortree Hall, not rebuilt after 1906 earthquake
318 Middlefield
318 Middlefield
Byxbee Real Estate
Byxbee Real Estate Office
Russell Lee and Birge Clark
Dr. Russell Lee and Birge Clark
Escondite Cottage on Stanford University Campus
Stanford cottage. Do you know who lived here?
BOD Bank of Palo Alto
Board of Directors of the Bank of Palo Alto

Do you have an old photo to share?
Please contact us!


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Architects and builders who worked in Palo Alto into the 1960's.
Preservation Awards by Year
Birge Clark
Early Palo Altans
Photos of houses by address
Daily News Articles
Edgewood Plaza
Hangar One
History Links
Charles Hodges
Juana Briones
Los Arboles
National Register Properties at Stanford and Palo Alto
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Not that far from home. . .

Nevada City residents are struggling with the realities of maintaining two art deco treasures. Read the National Trust for Historic Preservation's story about this historic Gold Rush town.


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