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Palo Alto Historic Buildings Inventory

951 Channing Avenue — Landmark Structure
Water Tank Tower

water tower tower
Photo taken in 1978. Photo taken 2011.

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

Physical appearance:  This three–story water tower with its Greek revival window detail is a rare survivor in the Palo Alto area.

Significance:  This handsome example of a once–common outbuilding was part of the property of Anna and Samuel Boyce, now next door. [1979] Gerald and Susan Hunt of San Jose owned the property in 1978.

The rental units now occupying much of the space at the rear, were built and owned by L. B. Howe in 1923 (951), 1927 (four units, 953), and 1929 (963).


side Water tower is visible at the rear of the house.
front location map
Photo taken May 31, 2016 Location map


This water tower was built in 1895 and is a Category 2 on the Historic Buildings Inventory. The builder is unknown. The property measures 40 by 160 feet.

Sources: AAUW, ...Gone Tomorrow?; Santa Clara County, Heritage Resource Inventory, 1975; Palo Alto Times 2/28/1923, 8/17/1927, 8/24/1929


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