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Palo Alto Historic Buildings Inventory

680 Forest Avenue

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Inventory photo Photo taken April 16, 2012


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

Physical appearance:   The massive proportions of the Craftsman bungalow are emphasized by the wide fattened arch of the porch. the corbeled brackets also contirbute to the atmosphere of strength.

Significance:  A fine interpretation of the Craftsman mode, built for an Alaskan miner, E. P. Short. His wife was a Palo Altoan, Anna O'Leary. It was owned by the Short family until the mid-70s when it was purchased by Bernard Aarons.

Note: This home was awarded a PAST Preservation Award in 2003 when the owner was Glenn Rosendale. Owners Saman Behtash and Gemma Gonzato accepted a centennial plaque for this house in 2016.



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This house was built in 1916 and is a Category 4 on the Historic Buildings Inventory. The builder was Sam Pedrift. The property measures 50 by 150 feet. It received a PAST Preservation Award in 2003.

Sources: Palo Alto City Directories; Palo Alto Times 3/25/16; interview 1984, Dr. Bernard Aarons


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