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Palo Alto Historic Buildings Inventory

Casa Real

360 Forest Avenue

inventory photo Casa Real
Inventory photo Casa Real, 2017 photo


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

Physical appearance:   This large Spanish Colonial Revival apartment block has a concentration of Spanish Baroque ornament in the center of the facade. There are rather whimsical plaster swags on the top floor corner windows.

The building contains 40 three and four-room apartments.

Significance:  An imaginatively detailed example of the style. The central portion of the structure above the entry is treated somewhat differently than the rest of the building. It is topped, at the roof line, with a pierced decorative parapet relating it to churrigueresque churches of the southwest. When completed, it was the only seven-story building in the city. The apartment has a formal garden, pool and bath house.


rear 2012 ohoto of rear from Williams house
center ornament

Rear views taken from the Museum of American Heritage

This house was built in 1930 and is a Category 4 on the Historic Buildings Inventory. The architect was Edwards and Schary of San Francisco and the builder/owner was Wm. Staller of San Francisco. The property measures 100 by 100 feet.

Sources: Palo Alto Times 8/12/29, 10/3/29, 10/21/29. 4/26/30, 11/23/83


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