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Palo Alto Historic Buildings Inventory

512 Coleridge Avenue
Morell Residence

inventory photo 512 Coleridge
Inventory photo taken in 1978. Photo taken June 15, 2011.

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

Physical appearance:   This handsome two–story Monterey Revival house of stucco and tile has a cantilevered balcony supported by heavy wood members that extends over the entry, and first floor windows for the full length of the facade. It is impressively sited in richly landscaped gardens.

Significance:  Reminiscent of the Castro House in San Juan Bautista, as the owner requested, the Monterey Revival style of this house was less commonly utilized by the architect than the Spanish Colonial Revival mode. The house was designed and built for George F. and Athene Morell.

After graduating from Stanford in 1910 and engaging in agriculture and land investment in the San Joaquin Valley, Morell bought control of the Palo Alto Times in 1919. Subsequently, he purchased other Peninsula newspapers and formed Peninsula Newspapers Inc. in 1927. He was a Trustee of Stanford University, 1941–1956. Mrs. Morell was a descendant of the pioneer Bates family of Nevada City.

William H. Buck, owner of Dahl Plumbing Co., was the second owner (1956–1962), and Robert and Jeanese Rowell, the third owners beginning in 1963.

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Lolly Osborne photo 2007 photo
February 9, 2007 photos from Lolly Osborne.


This house was built in 1928 and is a Category 3 on the Historic Buildings Inventory. The architect was Birge M. Clark and the builder, Wells P. Goodenough. Also see 526 Coleridge. The property measures 100 by 150 feet.

Sources: Palo Alto City Directories; Palo Alto Times 10/8/28, 3/15/68, 4/14/78,; Birge Clark, "An Architect Grows Up in Palo Alto", 1984; Guy Miller, Palo Alto Community Book, p. 301–2; interview 1985, Birge Clark


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