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Palo Alto Historic Buildings Inventory

1345 Cowper Street

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Photo taken in 1978. Photo taken in 2010.

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

Physical appearance:   This structure is a two–story shingled Craftsman house with large dormers at the second–floor level. Unusual detailing appears in the corbelled eave brackets perpendicular to the angled roof plandes rather than vertically placed.

Significance:  An excellent example of Craftsman style with unusual detailing.

The house was built for Professor and Mrs. John G. Snyder (1867–1943), a zoologist who joined the Stanford faculty in 1897 and retired in 1932 as an international expert in the distribution and migration of fish. His studies of salmon influenced modern policies of conservation.

Soon after the Snyders left the house in 1922, it was occupied for nearly twenty years by Lt. Colonel and Mrs. Elbert L. Grisell. Subsequently, it was the home of Robert L. Sims family (1946–1960), and Dr. J. I. McNeill (1963–1983). Lynn B. Comesky was the owner at the time of the Inventory.

Christopher and Jane Manning were the owners in 2010 when they were awarded a Presidential Preservation Award by Palo Alto Stanford Heritage for their careful restoration and thoughtful addition. Lippert & Lippert Design was the renovation architect.

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robert Brandeis photo rear deck
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This house was built in 1909 and is a Category 3 on the Historic Buildings Inventory. The original builder is unknown. Lippert & Lippert Design was the architect for the restoration. The property measures 90 by 112 feet.

Sources: Palo Alto City Directories; Palo Alto Times 12/3/1909, 8/20/1943, 1/10/1949


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