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Palo Alto Historic Buildings Inventory

736 Forest Avenue

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Inventory photo Photo taken January 26, 2016


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

Physical appearance:   A ribbon of casement windows lends the street facade of this shallow-gabled Craftsman bungalow a strongly abstract quality.

Significance:  A skillfully-planned small Craftsman house in which the horizontal image created by the wide shallow gable is emphasized by banding and a row of casement windows. The result is an architectural design of unusual presence and conciseness.

The house was constructed for Everett M. Calderwood, whose mother, Mrs. Isadora M. Calderwood, came to Palo Alto in 1897 and had a house built for her at 530 Cowper. Everett Calderwood (Stanford, 1913) was an engineer for Pacific Telephone. Among other projects for which he was responsible was the rebuilding of the Sierra Nevada lines. The Calderwoods occupied the house until 1934, but owned it until the end of the 1970s.

From 1941 to the late 1970s, it was the home of Fabian S. Miller. Miller came to the city from Oregon, where he had worked with the state highway department. After serving as foreman for the construction of the Stanford Stadium, he joined the city staff, rising to the position of City Engineer and Chief Utilities Engineer before his death in 1951. Fabian Way is named for him.


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This house was built in 1916 and is a Category 4 on the Historic Buildings Inventory. The builder was James W. Wells. The property measures 50 by 200 feet.

Sources: Palo Alto City Directories; Palo Alto Times 1/2/17, 1/2/19, 9/4/41, 5/2/51, 6/18/53, 8/17/55, 12/28/77; interview 1984, Edgar Calderwood, Margaret (Calderwood) Shepard.


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