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Palo Alto Historic Buildings Inventory

340 Coleridge Avenue

Centennial Home

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Inventory photo taken in 1978. Photo taken April 22, 2015

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

Physical appearance:   This large house is composed in Craftsman and Tudor Revival style of distinct units, characterized by differences of form and of surface textures. Half–timber, stucco, and shingles comprise the surface materials of the partially two–story structure.

Significance:  This imaginative and forceful building is a fine illustration of additive compositional techniques. The architect, Charles Hodges, had been "Resident Architect" at Stanford University until 1906. The house always has been owned by members of the same family, beginning with Arthur W. and Sophia P. Stetson, and continuing with their daughter, Mrs. Ruth (Stetson) Bearce [and her husband Paul Bearce]. Stetson was a son of a pioneer San Francisco family, and was chief executive of large manufacturing and heavy machinery enterprises.

Compass real estate photos from July, 2022
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Photos taken April 22, 2015
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2015 photo
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Photo courtesy Alan Cooper
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This house was built in 1915 and is a Category 4 on the Historic Buildings Inventory. The architect was Charles Hodges. The builder was E. J. Kingham. The property measures 100 by 200 feet.

Sources: Palo Alto City Directories; Palo Alto Times 7/14/26, 10/7/44, 6/3/70; interview 1985, Mrs. Ruth Bearce


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