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Palo Alto Historic Buildings Inventory

465 Melville Avenue

Demolished 1993

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Inventory photo Robert Brandeis photo


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

Physical appearance:   This one-story Craftsman bungalow is composed of a series of joined pavilions. the gate and the landscaping contribute to the Craftsman image.

Significance:  An excellent example of the Craftsman mode. The bungalow was first occupied by a nurse, Helen MacGillivray, who provided home nursing care in it. Then, for over 60 years (1911-1974), it was the residence of Gertrude G. and Fannie P. Grittiths, and until 1926, their brother Sidney L. Griffiths. The Griffiths were associated with real estate activities. The next owner was Nancy Jackson.

See also 536 Lincoln and 560 Melville.

Note: The replacement home is very compatible with the neighborhood.



This house was built in 1898 and was a Category 3 on the Historic Buildings Inventory. The builder was James W. Wells. The property measures 33 by 150 feet.

Sources: Palo Alto City Directories; Palo Alto Times 12/30/98, 1/21/49; Palo Alto Live Oak 1/19/98, 8/10/98


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