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Palo Alto Historic Buildings Inventory

315 Melville Avenue

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Inventory photo


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

Physical appearance:   One and one-half story bungalow with symmetrical gable fenestration and square corner bay. The openings of the recessed porch hint slightly of the Queen Anne style.

Significance:  The structure is a pleasing variant of a standard type. It was built for Edwin P. Gamble (1853-1939), son of the founder of Proctor & Gamble (the principal Gamble residence is at 1431 Waverley Street).

It soon was occupied by Professor and Mrs. S. J. McLean (Stanford Economics Department) and, in 1906. by Professor and Mrs. William D. Briggs. Briggs (1876-1941) was a notable scholar of Renaissance English literature who taught at Stanford form 1906 until his death.

In 1915, Donald C. C. Grant and his wife took the house; he was the British vice consul in San Francisco who came to Palo Alto in 1913 after a long career in the English civil service in India and elsewhere. Mrs. Grant was associated with the Palo Alto Book Shop after her husband's death in 1924, and retained the home until 1956. Later owners were Craig W. and Diane Allen.


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This house was built in 1903 and is a Category 4 on the Historic Buildings Inventory. The architect and builder are unknown. The property measures 50 by 190 feet.

Sources: Palo Alto City Directories; Palo Alto Times 1/1/04, 9/1/06, 3/20,24, 4/24/39, 2/17/41


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