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Palo Alto Historic Buildings Inventory

633 Channing Avenue

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Photo taken in 1978. Photo taken May 13, 2019

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

Physical appearance:   The unusual facade of this two–story vernacular Queen Anne house is composed of carefully balanced voids and solids with very delicate porch spindle work. It is surfaced in ship-lap. Alterations have occurred to the façade.

Significance:  Built for K. K. and w. K. Knapp, the house was occupied from 1904–1908 by Samuel and Lucy Pierce. She was an M.D. forced by ill health to give up practice. He completed the law curriculum at Stanford in 1908, worked for a time as city editor of the Palo Alto Times during the Simpkins era, and became Deputy District Attorney for the city of Portland, Oregon. The Pierce family retained ownership until the post–World War II period, renting to a long series of relatively short–term tenants.

The owners at the time of the Inventory were Martin and Bodil Gordon.

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2018 photo
Photo taken February 24, 2018
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Note: The centennial plaque mounted on the upper left corner of the entry wall.

This house was built in 1897 and is a Category 3 on the Historic Buildings Inventory. The architect was W. T. Rhodes and Ingram & Walton the builder. The property measures 50 by 200 feet. The Builder was George H. Van Epps.

Sources: Palo Alto City Directories; Palo Alto Times, 8/6/1897, 8/13/1897, 8/27/1897. 7/20/1931; Palo Alto Live Oak, 8/4/1897


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