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Palo Alto Historic Buildings Inventory

1055 Forest Avenue

(Originally 1015 Forest)

Newcomer House

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Inventory photo Photo taken September 28, 2013


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

Physical appearance:   This two-story house derives interest from the abstract quallities of its form and the simplified motifs of the porch, both of which derive from the classical Revival mode.

Significance:  A fine example of simplified Classical Revival styling. it was built for Professor Alphonso G. Newcomer, of the Stanford English Department. The Newcomers were followed (1915 – 1918) by Professor Howard J. Hall and retired Colonel Clifford N. Whitney of the Army Veterinary Corps (1919 – 1931).

Hugh G. and Elizabeth Landes acquired the property in 1948, and it was been occupied [1978] by a number of tenants since then.


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October 2012 photo Location map

This house was built in 1896 and is a Category 4 on the Historic Buildings Inventory. It was awarded a 2002 PAST Heritage Spirit of Place Preservation Award.The architect was H. L. Upham and the builder was (P. P.) Quinn & (H. L.) Upham. The property measures 90 by 102 feet.

Sources: Palo Alto City Directories; Palo Alto Times 7/17/96, 12/30/96, 1/1/97, 9/17/13, 1/3/24, 2/15/77; Palo Alto Live Oak, 1/1/00 photo


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