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Palo Alto Historic Buildings Inventory

1490 Edgewood Drive

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Inventory photo Photo taken 2015


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

Physical appearance:   This two–story stucco house fuses modernism with overtones of the Regency revival.

Significance:   The designer and owner of this house is Palo Alto's leading architect. He was a son of Professor A. B. Clark, Stanford Art Department, and grew up in Mayfield. After taking degrees at Stanford and Columbia, and serving as an officer in the Balloon Corps during World War I, he established practice as an architect in 1919 in Palo Alto. His use of California Colonial style in both commercial and residential buildings for six decades brought him national recognition as well as appreciation as the city's most prominent local designer. Mrs. Lucile Clark, daughter of Stanford professor Sidney Townley, was also a Stanford graduate, worked briefly as secretary to Stanford's Dean of Men, and was active in local cultural affairs.

2002 photo
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This house was built in 1936 and is a Category 3 on the Historic Buildings Inventory. The architect was Birge Clark and the builder was Wells P. Goodenough. The property measures 92 by 220 feet.

Sources: Palo Alto Times, 12/1/36, 1/7/86; Birge M. Clark, "An Architect Grows Up in Palo Alto. 1984; interview, 1985, Birge M. Clark


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