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1325 Cowper
The final spring walking tour will be on Saturday, June 1.

Join Bo Crane for a new walk: Just Beyond Professorville. Meet in front of 1325 Cowper at the corner of Melville Avenue.

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Palo Alto will celebrate its 125th anniversary all year long! PAST recognized this by continuing our tradition of distributing centennial plaques to homes that are 100 years old.


Sunday, April 28 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!

Walking tours May 4, 11, 18, 19, and June 1

See the Tour page for details. Read about the new tour, Just Beyond Professorville.

Ramona Street
Ramona Street, Fall 2018
Homer tour
Homer Avenue, Fall 2018
Waverley Avenue
Professorville, Fall 2018

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Playing on Heritage: African Americans of San Jose and Santa Clara County

The March 2019 presentation of the Palo Alto Historical Association featured local author Jan Eatiste Adkins sharing stories from her book. This Heritage program is being broadcast on channels 28 and 30. Check the Midpen Media Center web site for dates and times under Heritage.

Note: These monthly 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.

If you missed any Heritage broadcasts, they are available on DVD to borrow from the History Desk located in Room K-7 at the Cubberley Center on Middlefield Road. The History Desk is open Tuesday evenings from 4 to 8 and Thursday afternoons from 1 to 5.

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Steve speaker Hayley, Claire, Lee. Charlie

Have you seen this man?  

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


NO...he escaped!

(Photo taken May 8, 2016.)

261 Hamilton


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

Attention researchers! The History Desk and Archives manned by historian Steve Staiger is now at its new site in room K–7 at Cubberley, 4000 Middlefield Road. Steve's hours remain the same, 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.

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!

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)

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!

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

Architectural Styles

Squire House

Palo Alto homes feature a rich variety of architectural styles, including Classical Revival There are several similar scattered throughout Palo Alto. How many can you find? This is the Squire House. See and read more.

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.

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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