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Palo Alto Historic Buildings Inventory

613 Stanford Avenue
College Terrace

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Inventory photo Photo taken July 10, 2010

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

Physical appearance:  This small one-story vernacular house with a pyramidal roof form has been enriched by a porch of considerable delicacy.

Significance:  A fine example of vernacular building art, this house was owned first by the early Mayfield blacksmiths and wagon makers, W. C. and Peter McInnis. The latter worked in the Stanford Buildings and Grounds department and lived in the house until 1940. His wife, Addie, died in 1929; he, in 1956.

From 1940 to 1974, the house belonged to Melvin A. and Bernice Nelson. Nelson was an employee of the Stanford Board of Athletic Control. Since 1975 it was the home of Margaret Patton. [1985]

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This house was built in 1899 and is a Category 4 on the Historic Buildings Inventory. The builder is not known. The property measures 75 by 125 feet.

Sources: Palo Alto Times: 2/16/29, 10/2/56; California Home, July 1904; City Directories; Santa Clara County Recorder Book 104 (Deeds), p. 355, 6/12/88.


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