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Palo Alto Historic Buildings Inventory

543 – 545 Forest Avenue

Weller/Wright House

Inventory photo 545 Forest
Inventory photo July 26, 2017 photos


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

Physical appearance:   An oddly proportioned round bay tower and an arcaded porch with a small, heavily decorated gable perched over its central column contribute to the unusual visual qualities of this small Queen Anne house.

There is a flared belt-course at the second-floor level of the two-story structure, with a band of fish-scale shingle courses contrasting with the standard shingle surface of the rest of the building. The ground floor windows of the bay are somewhat over-scaled, and appear to reach from floor to ceiling.

Significance:  The structure is a fine, playful example of the Queen Anne type. Mrs. Genevieve Wright, a music teacher, and Paula Wright are listed in the city directory at the address 1901 – 1904, but the present building appears to have been built in 1905. Its original owner was Dr. J. D. Pomeroy, a veterinarian, who occupied it until 1915.

It became a duplex about 1925. J. R. and Ella Vandergrift occupied the portion at 545 forest from 1926 – 1946, when it became a quadruplex.


tower walk
porch front
address & Mailboxes map

This house was built in 1905 and is a Category 2 on the Historic Buildings Inventory. The architect and builder are unknown. The property measures 50 by 200 feet.

Sources: Palo Alto City Directories; Palo Alto Times 1/5/06, 12/19/13, 6/21/17, 11/4/44


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