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Palo Alto Historic Buildings Inventory

1401 Emerson Street

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Inventory photo Photo taken May 2013


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

Physical appearance:   This rambling ground-hugging one-story shingled Craftsman bungalow is set in impressive mature landscaping which enhances the rustic image of the building. (Note: The second-story is a recent addition.)

Significance:  This is a fine example of Craftsman design and landscaping, designed by the one-time resident architect of Stanford University. It was build for Allan Earle and Anne E. (Dixon) Peck.

Peck was the son of Mrs. Anne Earle Peck (Mrs. Charles Manley Peck) and brother of Isabel (Peck) Charles (see 251 Lincoln Avenue). Both he and his wife (as well as his mother) were Stanford graduates (1898 and 1899), and both went into medicine. Dr. Allen became a medical officer in the Navy. His mother was a teacher and then, for a short time, principal of Castilleja Hall. She and her descendants comprise five unbroken generations of Stanford graduates.

From 1917 – 1927, it was the home of Mrs. John Jago, who was followed by a number of occupants until 1941, when it became the property of Grace M. Wood.

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This house was built in 1913 and is a Category 4 on the Historic Buildings Inventory. The architect was Charles Hodges. The property measures 150 by 100 feet.

Sources: Palo Alto City Directories; Palo Alto Times 1/2/00, 10/27/25, 12/13/33; Stanford Alumni Directory, 1955; Stanford Alumni Almanac, June, 1981; Tall Tree, I #4, October 1957, pp. 7–8; Charles E. Hodges, "Partial List of Buildings Designed and Erected by Charles Edward Hodges..., " Hodges Faculty File, Stanford Archives; interview 1985, Grace Wood


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