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Palo Alto Historic Buildings Inventory

526 Coleridge

inventory photo 526 Coleridge
Photo taken in 1978. Photo taken June 15, 2011.

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

Physical appearance:   The two–story gallery, a characteristic feature of the Monterey Colonial style, is the primary visual feature of this large residence.

Significance:   This house and its neighbor at 512 Coleridge display the architect's elegant and subtly varied management of the Monterey version of California Colonial Revival style. Mrs. Herbert Fox (who because Mrs. Philip N. Brooke before the house was complete), insisted on flying Birge Clark to her La Porte, Indiana home so that he could take account in his plans of her furnishings and style of living. The Brookeses occupied the house for twenty years. They were succeeded by attorney Kenneth R. McDougall (1956–1970), and then by the current [1979] owners, members of the Ishiyama family.

street scene
526 Coleridge on left and 512 Coleridge on right
Lolly Osborne photo

Photos taken February 9. 2007


This house was built in 1935 and is a Category 4 on the Historic Buildings Inventory. The architect was Birge Clark. The builder was Wells P. Goodenough. The property measures 50 by 60 feet.

Sources: Palo Alto City Directories; Palo Alto Times 7/12/35, 1/17/35, 7/24/35, 1/28/82; Birge M. Clark, "An Architect Grows Up in Palo Alto", 1984, p. 34–35; interview 1985, Birge M. Clark


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