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Palo Alto Historic Buildings Inventory

270 Channing Avenue

270 Channing 270 Channing
Photo taken in 1978. Photo taken June 22, 2016

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

Physical appearance:

This two–story house is a simple expression of Queen Anne styling. The plain board fascia, the double story bay window, the turned porch columns, and the fishscale shingle patterns enrich an otherwise plain square box. It was rehabilitated in 1984 by the Palo Alto Medical Foundation.


Soren H. Nissen, a native of Denmark who came to Palo Alto in 1893, built a cottage at the rear of the lot (still standing in 1979) where his children Herman and Carmen were born. Soon after, the houses at 264 and 270 Channing were added, and both remained in the Nissen family until late 1983. Soren Nissen worked as a gardener at Stanford and for the Hoovers. It was the Nissen family home from 1905 to 1983; it was last occupied by Carmen E. (Nissen) and Frank Pascoe (1944–1978). The Palo Alto Medical Foundation then purchased the properties.


This house was included in Centennial Buildings Tour, prepared by The City of Palo Alto Historic Resources Board for the Centennial Building Celebration, April 16, 1994. The houses included on the guide were all identified as at least 100 years old.


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Centennial plaque on stair riser Location map

Built in 1905, it is a Category 4 on the Inventory. The builder was George Mosher. The property measures 56 by 112.5 feet.

Sources: Palo Alto City Directories; Palo Alto Times 1/5/1905, 6/15/1905; interview 1983, Nelson B. Nissen


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