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Palo Alto Historic Buildings Inventory

1035 Emerson Street

Professorville Historic District

Inventory photo 1035
Inventory photo Photo taken 2012.


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

Physical appearance:   This very abstract transformation of the Colonial Revival is composed of a series of pedimental forms echoed in the diamond-shaped attic windows. The eave moldings are very elegant.

Significance:  This is a very sophisticated piece of facade composition, not found elsewhere in the city. Nellie Dibble is listed as the first owner, although she did not occupy the house. She was a daughter of D.C. Dibble, who came to Palo Alto in the early 1890s and build a number of houses; she graduated from Stanford in 1908.

Professor Colbert Searles was the first to live in it (1904–1909), followed by a long succession of occupants for short periods. They included C.D. Jessup, Realtor (1910–1918), Rev. J.A. Hedges (1921–1922), and Frederick r. Palmer, the first and long-time Principal of Addison School (1927–1928).

For 35 years (1932–1967) it was the home of a Mountain View school music teacher, David T. Hackett. The Hackett family came to Palo Alto in 1914. The father was an early automobile dealer; the son was a graduate of the College of the Pacific in 1921.

The owners in 1978 were Sydney Smith, et. al.


1035 map

This house was built in 1904 with minor alterations in 1939 and is a Category 3 on the Historic Buildings Inventory. The builder was Gustav Laumeister. The property measures 60 by 105 feet.

Sources: Palo Alto City Directories; Palo Alto Times 2/26/04, 3/4/04, 5/24/23, 10/2/24, 12/5/31, 10/9/40, 10/31/57, 6/2/69, 10/21/72


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