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Palo Alto Historic Buildings Inventory

1111 Emerson Street

Professorville Historic District

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Inventory photo Photo taken January 2012


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

Physical appearance:   This gambrel-roofed shingled house is part Colonial Revival and part Craftsman in its image. The entry porch is a later and not particularly compatible addition.

Significance:  A fine, small-scale fusion of two styles important in Palo Alto's image.

Professor William A. Cooper, the first owner, taught at Stanford from 1901 to 1934, and for twenty years was chairman of the German Department. He had studied in Europe, where he earned the Ph.D. degree from Cologne University. As a Goethe scholar, he was honored internationally and was elected to the presidency of both the Modern Languages Association and the Philological Society.

In 1910 the house was sold to Dr. Marion Burke and her mother, Mrs. John E. Burke. Dr. Burke was a Vassar graduate with a medical degree from Johns Hopkins. Ill health kept her from practice, however. She was a cousin of her next-door neighbor, Mrs. J.C.L. Fish. Dr. Burke remained in the house until 1943.

The next owners were P.A. and Mrs. Pauline Marshall (1948–1969), followed immediately by the present owners, Samuel and Shirley Stewart. Note:  The house was next sold in 2017.


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Robert Brandeis photo with tree growing in lawn. 1998 photo showing fountain replacing tree from PAHA archive.
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This house was built in 1903 and is a Category 4 on the Historic Buildings Inventory. The builder was Gustav Laumeister. The property measures 100 by 112.5 feet.

Sources: Palo Alto City Directories; Palo Alto Times 5/19/03, 9/19/39, 9/4/47; Assessors Books, Santa Clara Coount


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