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Palo Alto Historic Buildings Inventory

657 Everett Avenue

(originally 257 Byron Street)

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Inventory photo Photo taken March 2012


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

Physical appearance:  This is a large two-story clapboard house derived from Colonial Revival style. Its massive gable is enlivened by an elegant and carefully placed Palladian window, and its base is modulated by a series of bay windows. 

Significance:  This is a superbly composed example of its style. The first occupants were Swedish immigrants Martin A. and Alma Johnson. Johnson was a carpenter.

From 1910 – 1926, it was owned by Mr. and Mrs. Michael A. Buchan, founder of the Palo Alto First National Bank and its president for many years. He also was Chairman of the Board of Public Works. His wife was active in women's organizations, a co-founder of the Woman's Club of Palo Alto and other local social and philanthropic associations. Their son Dean, a Stanford graduate, succeeded his father in the banking and real estate businesses.

J. Henry Wood and his wife Margaret occupied the house from 1927 – 1939; Wood was engaged in mining enterprises. They were followed by A. E. Borg (1941 – 1944), Mrs. A. L Schultz (1946 – 1952), and other short-term occupants. Since the mid-fifties it has been subdivided into rental rooms. [Notice the mailboxes by the door.] The owners in 1985 were Steven and Karen Devick of Los Altos.


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corner view map

This house was built in 1908 and is a Category 4 on the Historic Buildings Inventory. The builder might have been G. C. Johnson or Martin A. Johnson. The property measures 90 by 112 feet.

Sources: Palo Alto City Directories; Palo Alto Times 12/24/08, 3/12/43, 12/11/46, 9/14/47, 8/25/55, 8/15/56


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