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Palo Alto Historic Buildings Inventory

1125 Byron Street

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Photo taken in 1978.

The following is from the Historic Buildings Inventory as revised in 1983:

Physical appearance:   A geometrically patterned balustrade, considered to be a Chinese motif at the time of construction, provides the principal decorative element of this small one–story vernacular house. An open balustraded porch extends across the front and side and appears to be a later addition.

Significance:  K.U. Misner was listed as the first of many occupants engaged in various crafts and trades: gas fitter (Frank Morey, 1907), stone cutter (Donald Maclver, 1910), gardener (J. Sharkey, 1925–1945). Arnold, the son of John and Annie Sharkey, became one of the town's most colorful "characters." "Parkey" Sharkey, as he called himself, was a newspaper reporter's meal–ticket during the 1940s and 1950s—eccentric taxi driver, radio and TV clown for spot appearances, boxer and wrestler, writer, bon vivant, and scofflaw.

This house was built in 1901 and is a Category 4 on the Historic Buildings Inventory.

Sources: Palo Alto City Directories; Palo Alto Times 1/17/02, 3/16/51, 12/24/51, 9/23/69, 9/8/71.


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