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Palo Alto Historic Buildings Inventory

218, 224, 226, 230 North California Avenue

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

Physical appearance:   This cluster of four steep-roofed Colonial Revival cottages have arched windows and decorative shutters. The almost doll-house-like scale gives the entire ensemble something of the quality of a story-book illustration.

Significance:  This is a superb example of careful planning and design for multiple unit housing. Except for Mrs. Irene M. Meely at 218 N. California who lived there from 1953 to 1970, occupants came and went at intervals of one to three years.

These houses were built in 1929 and are a Category 3 on the Historic Buildings Inventory. The builder was Paul Rowan Smith. Each plot measures 45 by 43 feet.

Sources: Palo Alto City Directories; Palo Alto Times 11/28/28, 6/15/55 (information on the builder), 11/20/70; Assessor's Books


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