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Palo Alto Historic Buildings Inventory

710 Palo Alto Avenue / 101 Middlefield Road

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Inventory photo Photo taken May 8, 2013


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

Physical appearance:   This structure represents an inventive interpretation of the Mission revival style, with much of its original planting extant.

Significance:  This structure presents a free-wheeling adaptation of scroll-parapeted Mission Revival design on a large corner lot. Grounds and plantings are important to the general atmosphere. The builder has not been positively identified; however, George W. Mosher is the only contractor known to have worked in the same mode at the time (see 1055 Cowper, 215 Fulton, 225 Fulton, and 575 Hawthorne).

The house was built for Dr. E. C. Zickendrath, a veterinarian from Germany. He occupied it until 1946. From 1948–1958 it was occupied by Edward G. Perkins, and thenceforth by short-term tenants to 1985, when it was acquired by Stephen and Jacquelin Osborn.


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This house was built in 1913 and is a Category 4 on the Historic Buildings Inventory. The builder might have been George W. Mosher. The property measures 166 by 144 feet.

Sources: Palo Alto City Directories; Palo Alto Times 1/2/14, 2/13/14, 1/28/27, 9/11/46;  Book 404 (Deeds), p. 417, 6/14/13 (Santa Clara Co. Recorder); interview 1985, Jacqueline Osborn


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